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Sudan downplays Libyan threat against its planes

January 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

The Sudanese army questioned the credibility of a Libyan warning to shoot down any Sudanese civilian or military plane that invades its airspace, the Anadolu Agency reported.

Media outlets quoted the Libyan Air Force warning on Monday that it will shoot any civilian or military airplane that attempt to enter its airspace.

Sudanese army spokesman, Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad told state media: “I doubt that this decision is a formal one that was issued from a body that has an official status in Libya. This decision lacks precision.”

“If we accept the warning about military aviation, what about civil aviation that is subject to standards and international agreements and protocols that govern its network with precision all over the world?” he asked.

“No matter what, this warning for us in the armed forces does not mean anything because we do not infiltrate Libyan airspace with our military jets, and any country in the world has the right to deal with any military flight penetrating its airspace without its permission, without threat or warning.”

The Libyan authorities yesterday issued a decision banning Syrian, Sudanese and Palestinian nationals from entering the country because of their involvement in the unrest plaguing the country.

Libya’s Interior Ministry Omar Al-Sanki said: “The decision will be implemented at all land, sea and air ports until further notice.”