UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Tunisian army on Wednesday dismantled the bomb detonators carried by the Libyan military plane, which landed on a road near the Tunisian city of Medenine, about 100 km from the Libyan border.
The Tunisian Defense Ministry said that after landing, it was placed on a truck and transported to a storage location in Tunisia without further clarification. The ministry also refused to comment on the issue of returning the plane.
On Tuesday, the Tunisian security forces continued to listen to the testimony of the pilot who was alone on board the plane, according to the same source.
– “Technical fault” –
The Libyan Air Force (L-39), a powerful force in the east of Libya, which is trying to seize Tripoli, landed Monday morning in southern Tunisia after a “technical fault”, according to the authorities based in eastern Libya.
The Libyan National Army forces of Hafer are launching a military offensive to seize Tripoli, the headquarters of the national reconciliation government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, who is recognized by the United Nations.
The plane was “on a reconnaissance and patrol mission and was subjected to a technical error that led to an emergency landing in the Ben Ghazil area of the northern Medenine municipality of the Republic of Tunisia,” the foreign ministry and international cooperation said in the parallel interim government in eastern Libya.
The authorities in the eastern Libyan “to maintain contact with the Tunisian authorities to ensure the safe return of the aircraft and the pilot to the homeland.” But the Tunisian government has made no announcement in this regard.
– Libyan committee to discuss the fate of the plane –
For its part, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the National Reconciliation Government on Monday on Facebook that its embassy in Tunisia formed a liaison committee to discuss the fate of the plane.
“The question of where the plane should be returned will be at the core of this process,” said international law expert Heikal bin Mahfouz.
“Tunisia has remained neutral in the Libyan conflict, but it is particularly keen to respect the status of the national reconciliation government recognized by international bodies,” he said.
Fighting and air strikes have taken control of Tripoli for more than 100,000 people to flee according to the United Nations in a country that has been in turmoil since 2011.
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