Libyan unity government protests presence of French troops in Libya without permission
Faiez Serraj, prime minister and head of the Presidency Council (PC) of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), delivered a formal protest to French ambassador Antoine Sivan over the presence of French Forces in eastern Libya.
|Three French troops, said to be intelligence officials, died when their helicopter either crashed due to mechanical failure, according to the French version, or was shot down as the Defend Benghazi Brigades (DBB) claim. The brigades were formed back in June and by early July had clashed with the forces of the Libyan National Army under General Khalifa Haftar as they moved towards Benghazi. After the three French soldiers were killed there were retaliatory air raids that killed 13 members of the DBB. The DBB blamed the attacks on the French although the French deny any responsibility. There were protests at the time and there have been numerous others since.|