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Libya's Khalifa Haftar treated in Paris hospital

Libya's Khalifa Haftar treated in Paris hospital”

Khalifa Haftar, the military strongman who controls much of eastern Libya, is in a coma in a Paris hospital after suffering a stroke, reports say.

The commander of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, is being treated in a hospital in Paris, exclusive sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

A man holds a poster of Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar during a rally demanding Haftar to take over, after a United Nations deal for a political solution missed what his supporters said was a self-imposed deadline on Sunday, in Benghazi, Libya, December 17, 2017.

Mismari's twitter feed also posted messages in English and French saying that Haftar had undergone "normal checkups", and that he would return to Libya "within a few days to continue the fight against terrorism".

Head of the Libyan General Staff Abdul Razek al-Nadori has denied reports that he was promoted to chief-of-staff (Libya's highest military post), replacing General Khalifa Haftar, who is now undergoing medical treatment in France.

The officials said only that Hifter suffered a "medical issue" and was taken from Jordan to France to be hospitalized.

Haftar had not made any public appearances recently, with the exception of a video released earlier this month in which he said his forces were about to capture Libya's eastern city of Derna.

The UN Envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, spoke on Friday by phone to Haftar and "discussed the general situation in Libya and the latest political developments in the country", the UN Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) said in a tweet.

The French Foreign Ministry, however, refrained from disclosing any information about Haftar and referred journalists investigating his case, including Asharq Al-Awsat, to the Libyan commander's office.



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