Member of Tobruk-based House of Representatives Ibrahim Zagaid has accused Italy of shooting down Dignity Operation’s mi-35 attack helicopter on Friday.
Speaking to Jordan-based Libya Channel on Saturday, he claimed that an Italian frigate off Sirte coast had shot down the helicopter, killing all three pilots on board.
“We confirm, beyond doubt, that an Italian frigate on the shores of Sirte was behind the downing of the helicopter,” he claimed, adding that he is responsible for what he say.
Zagaid, a mouthpiece of Khalifa Haftar, also claimed that a Russian newspaper had reported that the helicopter was shot down by an Italian sea-fired missile.
He called on all supporters of Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled army to go to the streets to denounce Italy and its attempts to occupy Libya.