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Pro-Haftar forces in Libya ‘shoot down Italian drone’

Benghazi: Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said they shot down an Italian drone in western Libya, flying in a zone under their control.
“We shot down the Italian drone with an anti-aircraft missile, north of Tarhouna,” the rear base of Haftar’s forces, southeast of Tripoli, said Haftar’s spokesman Ahmad al-Mesmari. “We are still waiting for an explanation about the reasons why the drone flew over Libyan territory,” he added.
Italy’s ministry of defence said earlier that the drone “crashed on Libyan territory while carrying out a mission” to ensure the safety of oil platforms and fishermen off Libya.
“An investigation is under way to determine the causes of the incident,” Rome said, adding that “the flight plan was previously communicated to the Libyan authorities”. (AFP)