End of Tripoli siege raises fears of full-scale proxy war in Libya

Diplomatic efforts intensify to avert Cairo’s entry into Libya’s nine-year civil war amid wider tensions

A standoff on the north African coast between rival factions in Libya’s nine-year civil war is threatening to drag in the powerful Egyptian military and escalate tensions between some of the Middle East’s most implacable foes.

Diplomatic efforts have intensified in Europe and regional capitals this week to avert Cairo’s entry into the conflict – a move that would spark reactions as far away as Ankara and Abu Dhabi.

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