Published: August 19, 2019
Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Monday announced it had downed an armed drone belonging to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in northwestern Misrata city.
The armed UAE drone was hit by ground defense systems during an operation by GNA-led forces, according to a statement ton social mony.
The statement read that the armed drone was one of two aircraft targeting planes and infrastructure in Misrata’s airport.
It added that General Khalifa Haftar’s attacks on civilians would soon be responded to in a harsh manner.
Khaftar's side has yet to make a statement on the development.
Despite being supported by Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and Egypt, Haftar has not been able to achieve much success since April 4, when he started to attack on the seat of the GNA, Tripoli.
Clashes between the two sides since then have left more than 1,000 people dead and about 5,500 wounded, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Libya has remained beset by turmoil since 2011, when long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in a bloody NATO-backed uprising after four decades in power.
The oil-rich country has since seen the emergence of two rival seats of power: one in eastern Libya, with which Haftar is affiliated, and the Tripoli-based GNA, which enjoys UN recognition.
US President Trump does not want to do business with China's Huawei U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said he did not want the United States to do business with China's Huawei even as the administration weighs whether to extend a grace period for the company.Reuters and other media outlets reported on Friday that the U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers.The "temporary general license" will be extended for Huawei for 90 days, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the situation.On Sunday, Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One in New Jersey that he did not want to do business with Huawei for national security reasons.He said there were small parts of Huawei's business that could be exempted from a broader ban, but that it would be "very complicated." He did not say whether his administration would extend the "temporary general license."Speaking earlier on Sunday, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said the Commerce department would extend the Huawei licensing process for three months as a gesture of "good faith" amid broader trade negotiations with China."We're giving a break to our own companies for three months," Kudlow said on NBC's "Meet the Press". source