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Libyan Military Says It Used Air Force in South to Expel Gunmen from Air Base

The Libyan army’s Chief of Staff said Saturday that he ordered the air force to free Tamenhent air base in the south after it was run over by a militia. 

General Abdulsalam Al-Abaidi said the air force hit certain targets on Saturday and confirmed that the gunmen were expelled from it.

Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said he ordered troops to go to the south and its largest city, Sebha, to bring peace after heavy fighting between rival tribes in the region.

Zeidan, who arrived from a three-day unplanned visit to Saudi Arabia the night before, said the government was in control of the town and its civilian airport.

Zeidan has not been able to govern effectively since he was appointed a prime minister more than a year ago.

He has been unable to use the military force and revolutionaries at his disposal to quell outlaws and bring peace and security to the nation and in the process has made the situation even worse.

The Tripoli Post

This article was originally published here.

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