Libya: ISIS flags in Tripoli,army gives ultimatum to miltias

Malta pulls out last diplomats from embassy

25 November, 12:17

    Airstrikes on Tripoli airport Airstrikes on Tripoli airport

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, NOVEMBER 25 - Concern for the appearance of a number of black ISIS flags in Tripoli and pressure from the ''parallel'' government on one side and the ''recognized'' cabinet based in Tobruk on the other have led the Malta government to withdraw the last two diplomats from its embassy in Libya, while the ambassador already travelled back to Valletta a week ago, Malta's Foreign Minister George Vella was quoted as saying Tuesday by the Times of Malta. The foreign minister however stressed that the embassy remains open with local personnel. Meanwhile the Libyan army command has issued a 24-hour ultimatum to Islamist militias to ''immediately withdraw from Tripoli''. ''You will be destroyed, if you refuse'', said a statement addressed to the Misrata brigades leading the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition in the capital. ''What happened in Benghazi over the past few days, yesterday in Kikla and today in Tripoli, pushes towards a clash and war'', said overnight Omar Hassi, head of the parallel government imposed in the capital by pro-Islamist militia, in televised statements quoted by Libyan media following air raids on Tripoli by government forces. ''This will be a government of war against tyranny and injustice'', he reportedly stated. (ANSAmed) 


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