Libyan government warplanes attack ship near port - air force commander

BENGHAZI, Libya, May 24 (Reuters) - Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked a ship off the Libyan port of Sirte on Sunday, the air force commander said.

"Our jets warned an unflagged ship off Sirte city, but it ignored the warning," Saqer al-Joroushi told Reuters. "We gave it a chance to evaluate the situation, then our fighting jets attacked the ship because it was unloading fighters and weapons," he added.

An oil official said the ship was actually a tanker which had been carrying 25,000 tonnes of gasoil. (Reporting by Ahmed Elumami, Ayman al-Warfalli and George Libby; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Andrew Heavens)


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