General Haftar announced last week ‘zero hour’ was near for the UN-backed government [File: Esam Omran al-Fetori/Reuters]

Libya‘s UN-supported government has been held hostage by “terrorist militias” in the capital, Tripoli, Egypt’s leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has said.

The comments came as the Libyan army denied reports of the imminent fall of Tripoli to forces led by renegade commander Khalifa Haftar.

President el-Sisi said in televised comments on Sunday the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) “is not able to have a free and real will because they have been taken hostage”.

He did not elaborate and there was no immediate comment from the Tripoli authorities.

El-Sisi said the Libyan conflict posed a threat to Egypt’s national security because fighters and weapons spill over

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