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Egypt to create aerial buffer zone inside Libyan territory

Egypt is seeking to establish on its western border an aerial buffer zone of at least 15km inside Libya to prevent the flow of weapons and to stop smuggling inside Egyptian territory, according to Arabi21.

Military expert Adel Abdel Kafi told the website the buffer zone would range from 15km to 20km, and was being implemented unilaterally without coordination with the forces of General Khalifa Haftar, whose forces currently control the border in Libya.

Abdel Kafi said the buffer zone would be maintained via continuous air surveillance, so that anyone entering the area could potentially be targeted by fighters or helicopters.

Libyan TV channels and websites claimed this week that the Egyptian air force had on Wednesday carried out air strikes seven kilometres inside Libyan territory, targeting six military vehicles and leaving four members of Haftar’s border guard dead.

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