DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:20 P.M.) – On Friday evening, the Egyptian Air Force conducted six sorties in eastern Libya, targeting a desert area where ISIS militants have set up camp after being expelled from Derna in 2016. The airstrikes were done in support of the Libyan National Army (LNA), spearheaded by Khalifa Belqasim Haftar.
Notably, the air raids were done in direct response to an ISIS terror attack across the border earlier in the day, where over 20 Egyptian Christians were shot dead by suspected ISIS gunmen while traveling on a bus.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he had directed strikes against what he called terrorist camps, declaring in a televised address that states that sponsored terrorism would be punished.
Meanwhile, the LNA imposed full control over Tamanhent Air Base in southern Libya on Friday after battling it out with Islamist forces loyal to the Tripoli-based government.