Libya warns ships not to enter waters

Warning comes after ship shelled by forces.

Libya warns ships not to enter territorial waters unauthorized


Tobruk – The internationally-recognized Libyan government in Tobruk has warned countries not to enter its territorial waters without authorisation.

The warning comes after Libya bombed a Turkish-owned ship last weekend killing the third captain and wounding several crew members. The ship flew the flag of the Cook Islands but is Turkish owned and many of the crew were Turks. The government claimed in a statement: “The Turkish boat tried to enter Libyan territorial waters by force… ignoring international norms and maritime regulations.” The rival Tripoli government called the Tobruk government’s action “violent aggression” and claimed that the ship was in international waters, 13 nautical miles off Tobruk when the attack happened.

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