By Libya Herald reporter.
Malta, 11 January 2015:
Sudan renewed its denial today that any of its fighter planes were carrying out incursions . . .[restrict]into Libya’s air space in order to supply ‘’Islamic groups with arms and munitions’’.
The denial was made by the Deputy President of Sudan’s Parliament, Samia Mohamed, LANA reports. Mohamed said that Sudanese planes ‘’have not and are not posing a threat to Libya because Libya is a neighbouring state with long term brotherly ties’’.
The statement by the Deputy President of Sudan’s Parliament comes in response to a warning issued by the Air Force of the only internationally recognized government in Libya last Monday that any Sudanese aircraft, military or civilian, would be fired at if they entered Libyan airspace.
The warning put out by the Libyan Air Force comes on the back of unconfirmed accusations that Sudan was supplying arms and munitions to the GNC/Libya Dawn faction based in Tripoli through remote airports in southern Libya.
The Libyan warning to fire at any Sudanese craft entering its airspace also comes on the back of a claim last week by the Libyan authorities that they had received four new Russian-made Sukhoi SU-27 fighter jets reportedly capable of covering a distance of 3,530 km with a top speed of 2,500 kmh.