France launches surveillance missions over Libya

French military aircrafts start intelligence and surveillance flights over Libya to determine DAESH points in country

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

French army Rafale fighter jets flying towards Syria.

French military airplanes have launched its intelligence and surveillance flights against DAESH points in Libya, said in a presidential press document on Friday.

According to the document, two missions were launched on November 20, and 21, over DAESH controlled areas where are the towns Sirte and Tobruk, located northern Libya.

For the first time, France openly shared its mission’s operations over DAESH held regions in Libya.

"Other intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights are also planned," the document showed.

French Defence Ministry officials and president's office are yet to comment on the issue.

The terrorist group has become more active in Libya since last year, taking advantage of the instability emerged after former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown four years ago.

Libya is currently divided into two parliaments with their own armed forces, the General National Council (GNC) in the country's capital Tripoli, which was founded with the help of the United States and France after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed in 2011, and the rival House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives, which has also been operating from the Egyptian border town of Tobruk since June, was formed following armed uprisings by groups loyal to the renegade General Khalifa Hafter in 2014.

Armed fighting between the two administrations has brought the country’s oil-dependent economy to its knees.

Adding to the ongoing crisis in Libya, country's security has also rapidly deteriorated as DAESH militants and other armed groups not linked to either government exploit the current power vacuum.

TRTWorld and agencies