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Newspaper: Egypt establishing training camps for Libyan rebels

A source told the Arabi21 newspaper that the Egyptian army has established a training camp to host Libyan rebels affiliated with the leader of the attempted coup, General Khalifa Haftar, and the leader of the National Forces Alliance, former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, who is currently living in the United Arab Emirates.

In an exclusive report, the newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying that the training camp is located near the Libyan and Egyptian border and hosts more than 5,000 young Libyan fighters who are supporters of General Haftar and opposition leader Mahmoud Jibril.

According to the source, the youth are being trained to move under General Haftar’s leadership “to destabilise Libya and use chaos to justify turning against legitimacy and hindering the democratic process”.

Clashes erupted in the city of Benghazi on Friday between armed rebels affiliated with General Haftar and militants and Islamists affiliated with the Libyan army in a struggle over control of the city, leaving many dead and wounded, according to the Libyan Ministry of Health. On Sunday, Haftar’s militia attempted to seize the national parliament in Tripoli.

 

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