Tunisia's Defence Ministry said a Libyan
military plane made an emergency landing in southern Tunisia due to a
technical failure on Monday.
In a statement, the ministry said the plane violated Tunisian airspace and made an emergency landing in the city of Medinine before it was intercepted by Tunisian defence systems. A Tunisian military aircraft headed to the site and it was found that the plane was a military one from Libya, the statement said.
It added that the plane was piloted by a colonel, who said he made the landing due to a failure. Meanwhile, a military spokesman for Libya's UN-backed government said the military plane belonged to the rival forces of Commander Khalifa Haftar, which have been trying to seize the Libyan capital, Tripoli, since April. The spokesman, Mohammed Gannouno, denied reports that the aircraft belonged to the forces of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
In April, Haftar ordered his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) forces to capture the embattled Libyan capital from the GNA, headed by Fayez Serraj. The violence has raised global fears that UN efforts to find a political solution to Libya's eight years of unrest may be derailed. Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 revolt that toppled long-time dictator Moamer Gaddafi.
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