MOSCOW, January 5 (Sputnik) – Libya’s air force, loyal to the internationally recognized government of Abdullah al-Thani, launched airstrikes at a 'suspicious' oil tanker at the port of Derna, controlled by Islamists, AFP reports.
Two crew members were killed in the airstrike, according to the Greek coastguard. The identities of the victims have not been released. However, the coastguard said that one of the deceased was a 29-year-old Greek national.
Two crew members were also injured in the airstrikes.
The Greek government pledged to "take all necessary steps with the Libyan authorities — in spite of the unstable situation — to help investigate the circumstances of this tragic event and identify and punish the attack’s perpetrators," as quoted by AFP.
The oil tanker, known as Araevo, was sailing under the Liberian flag. It was docked at the time of the airstrikes. The vessel, owned by Aegean Shipping Management, had 26 crew members on board, according to Reuters.