Libyan plane returns to Tripoli after Egypt closes airspace

By REUTERS
February 17, 2015 19:01

CAIRO - A Libyan commercial plane bound for Istanbul was forced to return to Tripoli on Tuesday after Egypt banned overflying its airspace, airport and airline sources said.

There was no immediate comment from Egypt which launched air strikes on Monday on suspected targets of Islamic State in Libya, a day after the group released a video showing the beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christians.

The ban will push Libya, battling to contain a violent power struggle, further into isolation as Turkey was one of last countries where Libyan airlines were still flying to. Foreign carriers have left the oil producer.



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