Turkish soldiers were killed during Tripoli airport attack, a LNA source claims
TRIPOLI, (BM) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) on Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced that were carried out attacks at Mitig Airport, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing indormation from Russian news agency Commersant.
As the representative of the LNA Ahmad al-Mismari said, several Turkish soldiers were killed as a result of the attacks. Ankara has not yet commented on the statement of the LNA.
Mitiga Airport is located 8 km from Tripoli and is controlled by the forces of the Government of National Accord (PNS), against which the army of Field Marshal Haftar is attacking. The airfield was repeatedly subjected to airstrikes. In April 2019, the airport was forced to close due to attacks.
“In recent days, we have attacked the military facilities of the Mitig airfield in Tripoli – these are not objects of Misrata groups, but directly of the Turkish Armed Forces. They were destroyed, these are radars, air defense systems. There are those killed among the Turkish military as a result of this operation,” the LNA representative said at a briefing in Cairo (quoted by RIA Novosti).
The LNA added that the strikes were not a violation of the ceasefire, but a response to provocations of the PNS forces. “Now the fighting has been going on in Libya, for 40 hours already, in order to prevent the enemy from exploiting the ceasefire,” added the representative of the forces of Khalifa Haftara.
Recall that since the spring of 2019, the field marshal’s army has been attacking the capital of Libya, controlled by the PNS forces. In early 2020, the PNS requested military support from Ankara.
Against the background of the aggravation of the humanitarian situation in the country and the transfer of the Turkish military to the region with the participation of Turkey, Russia and the EU, several rounds of negotiations were held between the parties to the conflict.
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