The Libyan parliament aligned with strongman Khalifa Haftar has passed a motion supporting an Egyptian military intervention if needed against what it termed a Turkish “occupation”. The assembly based in Libya’s east agreed late Monday it would back an intervention by its ally Egypt if it was deemed necessary to safeguard the “national security” of both countries. Libya has been torn by violence since the 2011 ouster of long-time leader Moamer Kadhafi in a NATO-backed uprising, and the conflict has since drawn in multiple foreign powers. The Turkish-backed and UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli in the west has been battling Haftar’s forces, which are supported by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia. The GNA, with stepped-up Turkish support, in June repelled Haftar’s 14-month siege of the capital and launched a counteroffensive that is now stalled outside the coastal city of Sirte. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, alarmed by Haftar’s setback, warned last month that Cairo could send troops into Libya. The Egyptian military said Saturday it had carried out exercises involving navy, airforce and special forces near its border with Libya in response to the “severe and rapid changes” in the region.