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Libyan Military Denies Entry to Iranians, Yemenis, Pakistanis

© AP Photo / Mohamed Ben KhalifaLibyan soldiers try to fix a weapon that jammed during clashes with militants on the frontline in Al Ajaylat, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya
Libyan soldiers try to fix a weapon that jammed during clashes with militants on the frontline in Al Ajaylat, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya - Sputnik International
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The Supreme Commander of the Libyan Armed Forces issued a decree on Tuesday prohibiting access to the war-hit North African country to citizens of Iran, Yemen and Pakistan, on top of other nationals, citing security concerns.

CAIRO, (Sputnik) — Gen. Khalifa Haftar said in a statement, published Tuesday, that the decision aimed at maintaining "security and stability in the country."

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An earlier degree banned Sudanese, Bangladeshi, Palestinian and Syrian nationals from entering the country.

Libya has been in a state of turmoil since the overthrow of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and is now split into two rival camps.

The internationally-recognized authority in eastern Libya, which controls only a part of the country, fears that foreign nationals have been swelling the ranks of Islamist militants that have their strongholds in the west of Libya.

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