Egypt hits ‘terrorists,’ but Libyans say 12 civilians killed

Egypt hits ‘terrorists,’ but Libyans say 12 civilians killed
Egyptian security forces fire in the Cairo suburb of Matariyah, Egypt, in this Jan. 25, 2015 file photo. (AP)
Updated 01 November 2017
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Egypt hits ‘terrorists,’ but Libyans say 12 civilians killed

Egypt hits ‘terrorists,’ but Libyans say 12 civilians killed

CAIRO: Egypt’s military destroyed three vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunition and explosives, and killed a “large number” of militants in the western desert, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
Col. Tamer El-Rifai said in a statement that those targeted are suspected of having been involved in an ambush on police nearly two weeks ago about 135 km southwest of Cairo. The Interior Ministry said 16 policemen were killed in the attack.
El-Rifai said the airstrikes took place in a rugged area some 80 km southwest of Cairo. He said the scene was still being assessed and a casualty count was incomplete.
However, Libyan lawmakers and forces controlling an eastern city accused Egypt’s air force of conducting airstrikes that killed a dozen civilians, including an entire family.
Lawmaker Hamad Al-Bandaq said jets bombed a house in Al-Fatayah district in Darna late Monday, killing at least 12 people, mostly women and children visiting a sick relative.
A separate airstrike killed a shepherd and his family who were warming themselves by a fire pit.
The local authorities — the Shoura Council of Darna Mujahedeen — that control the city, accused Egypt of carrying out the “brutal airstrike.”
Al-Bandaq said about 50 people were also wounded in the strikes, mostly residents of the area. “Many families slept in the open air that night,” he said.
The Tripoli-based UN-backed government denounced the airstrikes and announced three days of mourning.