Libya says any attack would threaten Mediterranean

Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:36pm GMT
 

TRIPOLI, March 17 (Reuters) - Any foreign attack on Libya will endanger air and maritime traffic in the Mediterranean basin and expose the area to both short and long term risks, the Defence Ministry said in a statement broadcast on Libyan television.

The statement said Libya would strike back at civilian and foreign targets if the country comes under attack from foreign forces.

"Any foreign military act against Libya will expose all air and maritime traffic in the Mediterranean Sea to danger and civilian and military (facilities) will become targets of Libya's counter-attack," said the statement.

"The Mediterranean basin will face danger not just in the short-term, but also in the long-term," it said.

(Reporting by Souhail Karam, writing by Tom Heneghan; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)

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