Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Bonino confirms 200 NATO troops in Sicily over Libya concern

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Rome, May 15 - Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino
on Wednesday confirmed that only 200 American NATO troops were
being moved to Sicily to be ready for rapid deployment if any
new attacks occur in Libya.
"It is taking place in accordance with bilateral agreements
(with the US)," Bonino told a joint session of the House and
Senate foreign commissions.
Earlier reports said 500 soliders were being transferred
from Spain to the Sigonella NATO Base.
Sigonella, which is southwest of Catania, is a major NATO
base used by the US navy and air force as well as the Italian
air force.
On Monday up to 15 people were killed when a car bomb
exploded outside a hospital in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi.
The country has shown increasing signs of turmoil since
strongman Muammar Gaddafi was removed from power and killed by
rebels in 2011.
Last week three police stations were bombed in Benghazi,
causing no casualties.
A car bomb exploded outside the French embassy last month
in the capital Tripoli, wounding several residents and two
French guards.
Last September, the American diplomatic facility in
Benghazi was attacked by gunmen, leading to the killing of
Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other consular
officials.

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