Libyan military plane shot down near Benghazi

A MiG-23 fighter of Libya’s internationally recognised government has been shot down as it carried out air strikes on opposition positions in the coastal city of Benghazi, the military said.

A military source said the pilot survived having parachuted to safety, but his whereabouts were not immediately clear. It was the second military air crash this week.

On Monday, another MiG-23 operated by forces loyal to Libya’s recognised government crashed near the eastern city of Derna after attacking fighter positions.

The LANA news agency, which is close to the recognised government, blamed “technical problems” for the downing.

Before crashing, the fighter had carried out raids on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions around 15 kilometres from Derna.

Two administrations are vying for power in war-ravaged Libya, one based in the capital Tripoli backed by a coalition of fighters, and the recognised government, exiled in the east.

In early January, another MiG 23 came down in Benghazi, the main city in the east.

The air force answers to the internationally-recognised government in the east of the country, where forces have been fighting fighters since 2014.

-More  at Aljazeera


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