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Britain will be ‘slapped in the face’ for seizure of Iranian tanker, cleric says

Britain will soon to get “slapped in the face” for last week’s capture of an Iranian supertanker, a cleric was quoted as saying Friday amid rising tensions between the two nations in the Gulf.

Cleric Kazem Sedghi, an adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told worshipers during Tehran’s Friday prayer sermon broadcast live on Iranian state TV that the United Kingdom should be worried for their actions off the coast of Gibraltar.

“Iran’s strong establishment will soon slap Britain in the face for daring to seize the Iranian oil tanker,” he said.

IRAN WARNS OF ‘REPERCUSSIONS’ FOLLOWING ‘MEAN AND WRONG’ SEIZURE OF OIL TANKER

Sedghi’s warning came after the Iranian government on Friday called Britain to immediately release the oil tanker that British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicious it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman accused London of playing a “dangerous game” a day after police in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory on the southern tip of Spain, said they arrested the captain and chief officer of the supertanker.

Abbs Mousavi told Iranian state news agency IRNA that “the legal pretexts for the capture are not valid … the release of the tanker is in all countries’ interest.”

“This is a dangerous game and has consequences,” he added.

BRITAIN’S SEIZURE OF IRANIAN OIL TANKER WON’T GO ‘UNANSWERED,’ OFFICER SAYS

Gibraltar has insisted its decision to detain the Iranian tanker was taken alone and not on orders from any government, despite a senior Spanish official previously saying the interception was carried out at the request of the United States.

“All relevant decisions in respect of this matter were taken only as a direct result of the government of Gibraltar having reasonable grounds to believe the vessel was acting in breach of established E.U. sanctions against Syria,” Fabian Picardo, the territory’s chief minister, told reporters. “There has been no political request at any time from any government that Gibraltar should act or not act on one basis or another.”

The detained vessel contained 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil, he added.

TRUMP VOWS TO ‘SUBSTANTIALLY’ INCREASE SANCTIONS ON IRAN IN RESPONSE TO URANIUM ENRICHMENT

The British navy said Thursday it had stopped three Iranian paramilitary vessels from disrupting the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. The brief but tense standoff stemmed from the U.K.’s role in seizing the Iranian tanker.

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In this image from file video provided by UK Ministry of Defence, British navy vessel HMS Montrose escorts another ship during a mission to remove chemical weapons from Syria at sea off the coast of Cyprus in February 2014. Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz Wednesday but backed off after a British warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News. (AP/UK Ministry of Defence)

On Friday, the British Ministry of Defense said it was moving up its timetable for relieving the HMS Montrose, a frigate operating in the Persian Gulf, with the larger HMS Duncan destroyer in the wake of the recent developments.

“This will ensure that the UK alongside international partners can continue to support freedom of navigation for vessels transiting through this vital shipping lane.”

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Iran recently began surpassing uranium enrichment limits set in its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the accord a year ago. He also has re-imposed tough sanctions on Tehran’s oil exports, exacerbating an economic crisis that has sent its currency plummeting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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French minister sparks outcry for hosting lavish taxpayer-funded dinner with lobsters, $500 bottle of wine: report

A French minister has come under fire for a picture of a lavish dinner he hosted for friends and relatives at an upscale restaurant – at the expense of taxpayers.

Francois de Rugy is French President Emmanuel Macron’s Ecology Minister and president of the National Assembly.

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Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy has sparked outcry after a photo of a lavish dinner he hosted went public.  (Fracebook/@francoisderugy)

The picture, first published on the investigative website Mediapart, showed 5 lobster tails, a $560 bottle of white wine, and a table decorated with crystals.

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The controversy, likely to further damage Macron’s standing with the general public, comes amid France’s so Yellow Vest protesters who have spoken out against perceived widening inequality in the country.

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President Macron has played down his image as “president of the rich” after reports accused him of ordering presidential china and a new swimming pool for his vacation him sparked similar outcry.

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Russian S-400 defense systems arrive in Turkey after U.S. warns of sanctions

The first shipment of Russia’s S-400 air defense missile systems arrived at an airbase near Ankara, Turkey Friday despite Washington’s warning that such a move would bring sanctions.

U.S. officials are worried the Turkey-Russia deal could give the Kremlin access to crucial intelligence shared between Washington. and Turkey and compromise NATO developments.

TURKEY PREPARES TO RECEIVE RUSSIAN MISSILE SYSTEM, AS QUESTIONS SWIRL OVER POTENTIAL US PUNISHMENT

Experts are especially concerned about the development of the F-35 fighter jet, with which Turkey is involved. Officials told Turkey if the S-400 purchase went through the country would be barred from the F-35 program.

The U.S. has strongly urged NATO member Turkey to pull back from the deal — reportedly costing more than $2 billion — warning the country that it will face economic sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act if it goes ahead with the purchase. It has also said Turkey won’t be allowed to participate in the program to produce high-tech F-35 fighter jets.

Sanctions would mark a new low in the already-tense relations between Turkey and the U.S. Last year, the United States imposed sanctions on Turkey over its detention of an American pastor, triggering a Turkish currency crisis.

The deal with Russia — the first such deal between Russia and a NATO member — has also raised concerns that Turkey is drifting closer to Moscow’s sphere of influence. Turkey has refused to bow to U.S. pressure, insisting that choosing which defense equipment to purchase is a matter of national sovereignty. It has said it was forced to buy the S-400s because Washington refused to supply the American-made Patriot systems to Turkey.

U.S. officials have since encouraged Turkey to buy the Patriot missile defense system instead of the S-400s. But Turkey says the offer does not meet its requirements, including possible future joint production.

The U.S. has already stopped training Turkish pilots on the F-35, and given Ankara until the end of July to get its personnel out of the U.S.

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Turkey maintains that it has fulfilled all of its financial obligations concerning the F-35 program and cannot be excluded from the project.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Hollie McKay contributed to this report. 

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Chinese billionaire Wang Zhenhua arrested over child molestation allegations

A prominent Chinese real estate developer is one of two people arrested over claims of child molestation, state media reported Thursday.

The Shanghai prosecutor’s office said in a brief statement that the Putno district branch had ordered the arrest of two people, whom they identified only by their surnames, Wang and Zhou. However, the Communist Party newspaper Global Times identified Wang as Wang Zhenhua, the former chairman of Seazen, one of China’s largest developers. Seazen announced Wang’s son, Wang Xiaosong, had replaced his father as chairman after the older man’s resignation “for personal reasons.”

“We, just like the public, believe that minors are the future,” stated Seazen in a lengthy apology. “Anything that harms a minor is a severe offense. Seazen absolutely supports and agrees with the authorities in handling this case.”

CHINA IS INSTALLING SPYWARE ON TOURISTS’ PHONES

Also Wednesday, Shanghai police opened an investigation into allegations that a girl had been molested at a local hotel. The girl’s mother said Zhou, 49, had taken her daughter from Jiangsu province to Shanghai on June 30. Zhou surrendered to police on July 2, one day after Wang, 57, was placed under investigation.

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Wang Zhenhua is pictured in 2016. (Photo by Edward Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

The Shanghai Municipal People’s Government announced Monday it had expelled Wang, depriving him of political connections that could affect any future prosecution.

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The allegations received wide media coverage in China, including on national broadcaster CCTV, highlighting on what is believed to be a common but underreported crime affecting millions of children.

Under Chinese law, sexual assault on a child is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, although longer sentences can be issued for additional charges. State-run media in recent years has reported cases of children being attacked by teachers, relatives and neighbors, although prosecutions have been limited to just a few thousand cases per year due to a reluctance by children to report instances and a lack of resources in conducting investigations.

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Among the most vulnerable are the estimated 69 million children left with grandparents or other relatives in rural areas after their parents move to cities to find work.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Catholic bishop to rain down ‘holy water’ from helicopter in ‘mass exorcism’ over city

A Catholic bishop is reaching for new heights to save a city wrought with “evil.”

After the brutal murder of a 10-year-old girl in a port city in Colombia, Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya, the bishop of Buenaventura, announced he will perform a mass exorcism over the city beset with violence, drug smuggling, and poverty this weekend, The Guardian reported.

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“We have to drive the devil out of Buenaventura, to see if we can restore the peace and tranquility that our city has lost due to so many crimes, acts of corruption and with so much evil and drug trafficking that invades our port,” Montoya told the local radio station.

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A Catholic bishop in Buenaventura, Columbia plans to use a helicopter to perform a mass exorcism over the city wrought with violent crime. (REUTERS/John Vizcaino)

He added: “We want to go around the whole of Buenaventura, from the air, and pour holy water on to it to see if we exorcise and get out all those demons that are destroying our port, so that God’s blessing comes and gets rid of all the wickedness that is in our streets.”

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Colombia’s army reportedly offered the bishop a helicopter for the mass exorcism during the feast day of Buenaventura’s patron saint.

South America’s largest Pacific seaport was named as the country’s most violent place in 2014 by Human Rights Watch, which said it is “dominated by powerful criminal groups that commit widespread abuses, including abducting and dismembering people, sometimes while still alive, then dumping them in the sea.”

The local Catholic church reported eyewitness accounts containing gruesome details of “chop-up houses” where they slaughter victims.

AS SATANIC GROUPS RISE, VATICAN OPENS UP EXORCISM SUMMIT TO NON-CATHOLICS

While there has been an improvement since the report, homicides are up from last year, prompting a “pastoral emergency” from the Vatican-backed International Association of Exorcists.

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Earlier this year, the Vatican opened its annual exorcism summit to non-Catholics due to reports of a rise in demonic possessions and devil worship around the world.

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Indian airline technician killed after hydraulic door accidentally closed on him

A technician from Indian airline SpiceJet was killed in Kolkata early Wednesday morning after flaps covering the aircraft’s main landing gear closed on him during maintenance.

Rohit Pandey, 22, was performing maintenance work on the aircraft at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport when a hydraulic door “inadvertently” closed on him, trapping his body. Ground staff found Pandey’s body hanging from the belly of the 90-seater Bombardier Q400 aircraft at 1:45AM, with his head and left arm stuck inside the vehicle while the rest of his body dangled.

A doctor was called immediately after the accident was reported, and Pandey was declared dead shortly after the doors were opened.

“The body could not be pulled out and the doors had to be cut by mechanics,” said Kaushik Bhattacharya, director of the Kolkata airport. “We don’t know for how many minutes he was hanging there before being spotted.”

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Police, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the airline launched investigations into the incident.

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A Spicejet technician was killed when the flaps covering an aircraft’s main landing gear accidentally closed on him during maintenance work, an airline statement said on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The hydraulic doors “inadvertently” closed on the technician, who was working on a Bombardier Q400 aircraft at Kolkata’s airport on Tuesday night, SpiceJet said. (AP)

SpiceJet said in a statement it was “extremely saddened” by the news and “the entire SpiceJet family stands together in grief in this unfortunate incident.” Officials said Pandey should have been working with a supervisor and assistant, but no one from the airline could verify if he had been working alone or with a team before the accident. SpiceJet officials also refused to confirm the nature of Pandey’s maintenance work.

“An inquiry is on and we will be able to share further details only after it is over,” the airline’s official told Indian newspaper The Times of India.

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Pandey’s relatives claimed “negligence” on part of the airline, and said Pandey was a resident of Kandivali in Mumbai. He was posted in Kolkata just three months prior and was his family’s sole provider. In his death, he left behind his two younger sisters and a widowed mother.

“He was just a young trainee. Where were his supervisors?” asked Chandravati Devi, Pandey’s aunt. “We have been told he was spotted several minutes after the accident and then it took several more minutes to bring him down from the door flaps. If this is not negligence, what is?”

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SpiceJet holds a reliable safety record according to AirlineRatings.com, which evaluates airline security worldwide. The website gave SpiceJet a rating of 7/7 on account of its compliance with international safety laws and a fatality-free record.

However, the freak accident comes amid a difficult few weeks for the airline, when a SpiceJet aircraft overshot the runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai last week. No injuries were reported from the incident.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung contributed to this report.

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US scientist was suffocated in Greece, body found covered with burlap in Nazi-era bunker

An American scientist who went missing last week in Greece before she was found dead in an abandoned World War II bunker was suffocated, authorities said Wednesday as new details were revealed about where her body was discovered.

Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, was last seen on July 2 near the port of Chania on the Greek island of Crete. Colleagues at the conference had told authorities they believed she had gone for a run in the area.

Greek police discovered her body Monday in a manmade cave that was used as a bunker during the Nazi occupation of Crete, located about 6 miles from where Eaton was last seen.

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On Wednesday, a state coroner Antonis Papadomanolakis said that Eaton died as a result of a “criminal act.”

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In this undated photo provided by her family, showing Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist. (AP Photo)

Local police told the Greek Reporter that an examination of Eaton’s body determined she died as a result of suffocation.

“What is definite is that we are talking about homicide. Also, there was no sign of death by gun,” an unidentified official in the medical examiner’s office told the news outlet.

The 59-year-old’s body was discovered in a cave in a rural area near Chania, located on the westernmost side of Crete. Fire service rescue team leader Nikolaos Papaleonidas said the recovery came after an “extensive search effort,” and the bunker was located about 330 feet from a nearby road, according to Sky News.

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Eaton’s body was located about 200 feet from the entrance to the bunker, “bruised” and covered in burlap, according to the Greek Reporter.

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Suzanne Eaton, seen in this undated photo, was reported missing on July 2. (Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden)

Papadomanolakis told the AP he believed the woman died around the time she was last seen, on July 2.

Officials are not yet sure if the crime was committed at the scene, or if the 59-year-old was killed elsewhere and disposed of in the cave, Greek news outlet Ekathimerini reported.

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Eaton, who worked at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, had been attending a conference in Crete. The institute called her death a “tragic demise.”

Authorities had launched a major search for Eaton in rural areas near Chania, helped by members of her family and fire service rescuers from Athens.

According to a Facebook page set up by her family to raise awareness of her disappearance, some 70 others who were at the conference joined in with the search. Eaton, originally from Oakland, California, was the wife of British scientist Tony Hyman and the mother of two sons, Max and Luke, according to the institute. Hyman and his sons traveled to Crete upon news of her disappearance.

In a statement posted to the page, the scientist’s niece said she was “forever grateful for the support we’ve received from this global community of caring people over the last week.”

“We cannot comment on anything at this time, but I will post a message here when the time is appropriate,” Callie Broaddus said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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At least 16 dead, 78 injured after trains collide in Pakistan, officials say

A passenger train rammed into a freight train at a railway station in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 16 people and injuring 78 others, hospital officials said.

The freight train was stationary when the speeding passenger train hit it at Walhar Railway Station in Rahim Yar Khan, in the eastern Punjab province. Jamil Ahmed, an official in the provincial government, said hospitals declared an emergency.

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Pakistani officials and volunteers work at a train crash site in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan. (AP)

Sixteen people were killed in the train crash and 78 were wounded, with some in critical condition, according to Javed Ahmed, a physician treating the wounded.

Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered authorities to provide the best possible medical care to the victims and said he was saddened by the news.

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Khan ordered Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad to “take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure” and ensure safety standards.

Authorities said Pakistan’s army was also taking part in the rescue efforts.

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Train accidents in Pakistan are often the result of poor railway infrastructure and official negligence.

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Storm hits beach in Italy, sends sunbathers fleeing debris as freak weather plagues the country

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A spate of violent weather across Italy sent beachgoers running for cover late Tuesday when a fast-approaching storm whipped in heavy winds that blew away beach equipment, tore down trees and dropped fruit-sized hail.

Francesco di Giandomenico, a local postman, captured sunbathers fleeing from Tortoreto beach in Teramo province on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Strong winds are seen sweeping away inflatables as children and adults scramble from the dark clouds swirling overhead.

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The bad weather included hailstorms, which damaged cars and rooftops in Tortoreto.

Orange-sized hail pummeled Pescara, a city about 42 miles south of Tortoreto, and injured 18 people. The Italian news agency ANSA quoted Pescara hospital emergency room officials as saying that Wednesday’s hailstorm caused cuts requiring sutures and bruises, especially on the head.

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Elsewhere in south-central Italy, hail in Venafro broke windows and windshields. A severe supercell over Venice inundated the city of canals with intense wind and rain.

On the outskirts of San Vito Lo Capo, a Sicilian beach town, a blaze forced beachgoers to flee. ANSA said 750 vacationers were able to return to their resort Wednesday after wind-whipped flames had forced evacuation by sea overnight.

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On Wednesday, more bad weather hammered Italy as a tornado swept through the area of Milano Marittima, knocking down some 200 century-old pine trees in the popular Adriatic Sea resort.

The bad weather followed a few days of soaring temperature and was caused by contact between hot and cold weather fronts, local officials said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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French missiles found on rogue Libyan general’s base

French military officials Wednesday denied violating a U.N. arms embargo after several of their missiles were found on a base loyal to a rogue Libyan general.

The officials said the U.S.-made Javelin missiles were never intended to be passed to any group and the anti-tank missiles were defective and meant to have been destroyed.

The missiles were discovered in a camp south of the capital Tripoli used by forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, who is currently fighting for control of the city, the BBC reported.

Libyan forces loyal to the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) said they discovered a cache of U.S.-made weapons when they overran the camp in June.

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A picture taken in Tripoli on June 29, 2019, shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) displaying precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyan.  The United States said it was looking into a report that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya’s unity government at a captured rebel base. The missiles were apparently discovered earlier this week when forces loyal to the Government of National Accord recaptured the strategic town of Gharyan in a surprise attack, seizing the main supply base for Haftar’s Tripoli offensive. (Photo by – / AFP/Getty Images) 

The government in Paris subsequently released a statement, acknowledging ownership of the weapons and stated they could have been used against tanks and other vehicles.

“These weapons were for the protection of forces undertaking intelligence and counter-terror missions,” said France’s defense ministry, adding the country had purchased four Javelin missiles from the U.S. in 2010. Al Jazeera reported the missiles cost more than $170,000 each.

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FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2017, file photo, Libyan militia commander General Khalifa Hifter meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. Hifter, who once lived in northern Virginia and now commands an army vying for control of his native country, has been accused in a civil lawsuit of war crimes. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in U.S. District Court in Alexandria by Libyan family members who say their loved ones were killed when forces controlled by Khalifa Hifter conducted bombings in civilian neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

However, Mohammed Qununu, a military spokesman for the GNA, previously said the seized weapons had markings on their containers indicating they belonged to the “Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates.”

The UAE denied ownership of the weapons last week, saying Abu Dhabi is committed to the 2011 U.N. Security Council’s arms embargo in Libya, Al Jazeera reported.

“The UAE also urges all parties to de-escalate tensions and to re-engage in the U.N.’s political process,” the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

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Libya has been torn apart by violence since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was dethroned and killed in 2011. Since overthrown, Libya has been in a state of anarchy and is divided among several political and military factions. The two major groups include the U.N- backed GNA, led by Prime Minister Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, and General Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

Both factions have international supporters, with the LNA backed by Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia. The GNA is supported by Turkey, Qatar and most Western nations. Since the offensive on Tripoli, the U.N., the U.S. and the European Union have called for a ceasefire and immediate talks.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung contributed to this report.

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