Libyan Force Imposes ‘No-Fly Zone’ Amid Fight for Capital

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In this Saturday, June 29, 2019 photo, U.S. made Javelin anti-tank missile is displayed in Tripoli, Libya, after being captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)
In this Saturday, June 29, 2019 photo, U.S. made Javelin anti-tank missile is displayed in Tripoli, Libya, after being captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)

CAIRO (AP) — One of the armed groups fighting for control of Libya’s capital says it is imposing a “no-fly zone” there.

The self-styled Libyan National Army’s announcement comes after two unmanned drone aircraft — one American and one Italian — were lost near the capital last week.

The LNA has said it shot down the Italian drone, while the U.S. military hasn’t given a reason for its drone’s loss.

Ahmed al-Mosmari, an LNA spokesman, said late Saturday that all flights over Tripoli and nearby towns are “prohibited without prior coordination.”

Oil-rich Libya is split between rival governments. A U.N.-supported but weak administration holds the capital, Tripoli. The LNA is allied with the government based in the country’s east.

The LNA has been trying to capture Tripoli since April.

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