Libya’s GNA supports Turkey; Two Turkish soldiers killed in Syria

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Libya’s GNA:hold Haftar accountable for ‘committing war crimes’

Turkey’s presence in Libya a legitimate right of self-defence against aggression by the eastern Libya-based forces, the president of the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, said yesterday.

“The relationship between Libya and Turkey dates back to previous eras at historical, social, economic, political, security and military levels,” Al-Sarraj told reports on the sidelines of the 43rd meeting of the UN Human Rights Council held in the Swiss capital of Geneva.

Al-Sarraj pointed out that his government had previously sought help many countries, including the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Italy and Turkey, against the offensive that was launched in April by the eastern Libya forces, led by the retired general Khalifa Haftar. He added that Turkey was the only government to respond to the GNA’s request.

“This is a legitimate right for the GNA and a duty towards our people to defend them against this aggression,” Al-Sarraj stressed, referring to Haftar forces’ military operation on Tripoli.

Two Turkish soldiers killed in air strikes in Syria’s Idlib

Two Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack by Assad regime forces in Idlib, northwestern Syria, the country’s National Defense Ministry said early Thursday, Anadolu reports.

Turkey retaliated for the attack with full force and 114 regime targets were heavily struck and destroyed, the ministry said in a series of tweets.

According to various sources in the region, three tanks were seized and an air defense missile system and one Zu-23 anti-aircraft gun as well as other vehicles were destroyed, the ministry added.

Syria has been mired in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN figures.

Idlib, near Turkey’s southern border, falls within a de-escalation zone laid out in a deal between Turkey and Russia in late 2018.


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