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    Libyan Military Denies Entry to Iranians, Yemenis, Pakistanis

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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."

    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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