Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Sunday warned east Libyan forces against imposing a “no-fly zone” over western Libya.

On Saturday, a spokesman for forces led by military commander Khalifa Haftar announced a no-fly zone over western Libya.

In a statement, the GNA-affiliated Interior Ministry said any action threatening civil aviation and airports “amounts to crimes punishable under national and international law”.

In April, Haftar’s forces launched a military campaign to capture Tripoli from the internationally-recognized GNA, but have so far failed to make advance beyond the city’s outskirts.

Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi

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