TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran denounces any foreign intervention and use of force in Libya, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Tuesday, voicing Tehran’s deep concern over the escalation of violence in the North African country.
Commenting on the recent crisis in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, Afkham said that Tehran calls on engaged parties to “exercise restraint and resolve issues peacefully and through dialogue.”
She also emphasized the importance of the Libyan people’s right to determine their own destiny and deplored any kind of foreign intervention and use of force in the country.
Afkham’s comments came after reports quoting two US officials as saying that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has secretly carried out air strikes against militias in Libya using bases in Egypt.
The United States did not take part or provide any assistance in the bombing raids, the US officials said.
“The UAE carried out those strikes,” one of the officials told AFP news agency on condition of anonymity, confirming a report in The New York Times.
The first air strikes took place a week ago, focusing on targets in Tripoli held by the militias, according to the US-based paper.
A second round was conducted south of the city early on Saturday targeting rocket launchers, military vehicles and a warehouse, according to the newspaper.
Those strikes may have represented a bid to prevent the imminent capture of the Tripoli airport, but the militia forces later prevailed and seized control of it.
Egypt has denied conducting air strikes or other military operations in Libya.
Over the weekend, Tripoli residents said unidentified war planes attacked targets in the capital, as Libya is driven by the worst fighting since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
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