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Confusion surrounds source of air strikes in Libya

Egypt denies military involvement in strikes on Islamists

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi denied any military involvement in Libya today, a day after Islamists accused Cairo of bombing their posts in Tripoli.
President Sissi was responding to accusations a day earlier by Islamist militias in Tripoli, who blamed Egypt and the United Arab Emirates for a series of mysterious air strikes on Saturday.
Two air strikes killed 15 fighters and wounded another 30 on Saturday.
The Libyan air force denied it was behind the attacks.
This raised suspicions among militias that foreign countries, including European countries, were behind the strikes.
Italy, Algeria and other countries have also denied them.
Islamist militias had previously accused renegade general Khalifa Haftar, who has been waging a campaign against Islamists in the east, of being behind them.
But there is little evidence that Gen Haftar's forces have the capacity for such precision strikes.

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