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Algeria won't 'accept threats', as Haftar forces close Libya border

Self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) Chief of Staff, Khalifa Haftar arrives for a conference on Libya on November 12, 2018 at Villa Igiea in Palermo [FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images]
Self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) Chief of Staff, Khalifa Haftar arrives for a conference on Libya on 12 November 2018 [FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images]

The Algerian army's Chief of Staff, Said Chengriha, said his country "will not accept any threats" and vowed that its response will be "tough and firm" against anyone who tries to tamper with its reputation, security, or territorial integrity, Anadolu Agency reported.

Chengriha's comments came during a visit to the Algerian-Libyan borders and following an announcement by the retired Libyan renegade General Khalifa Haftar that his forces had closed the crossings.

Ten days ago, forces loyal to Haftar closed the Libyan-Algerian border and declared the area a "military zone" in which movement is prohibited under the pretext of pursuing "takfiri terrorists" and expelling African mercenaries.

Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

On October 23, the UN announced a permanent ceasefire agreement between Libya's warring rivals during its facilitated 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission talks in Geneva. Elections are due to be held on 24 December.

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