Ankara denies 2 Turks detained in Libya are spies: report

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The new Libyan flag is raised during a parade in the eastern city of Benghazi to celebrate the second anniversary of Nato's first military operation in Libya on March 19, 2013. On 19 March 2011, Kadhafi's troops and tanks entered the city and the same day French forces began an international military intervention in Libya, later joined by coalition forces with strikes against armoured units south of Benghazi and attacks on Libyan air-defence systems, after UN Security Council Resolution 1973 called for using "all necessary means" to protect Libyan civilians and populated areas from attack by government forces. AFP PHOTO / ADBULLAH DOMA (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has denied that two Turkish restaurant workers detained in Libya by the forces of eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar are spies, Reuters reported, citing a Turkish newspaper.

The Haberturk newspaper said Volkan Altinok and Mehmet Demir, who worked in a restaurant south of the capital of Tripoli, have been held since April 12 in a prison near Benghazi. It said pro-Haftar media had reported that they were suspected of spying but that Turkish authorities rejected the allegations as “social media delirium.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry declined to comment.

Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) mounted an offensive on Tripoli, in the west of the country, three weeks ago. It has so far failed to breach defenses in the city’s south despite heavy fighting.

The battle for the capital has all but wrecked UN-backed efforts for a peace deal between rival factions that have competed for power since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011. Turkey supports Libya’s internationally recognized government based in the capital.

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