A Haftar’s forces military aircraft was shot down by Turkish-made drone
TRIPOLI, (BM) – A few hours ago, during the airport landing attempt, a Haftar’s military transport aircraft was shot down learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing several sources including news agency Aviapro and the military spokesman for the Government of National Accord of Libya.
According to sources the transport aircraft was shot down, carrying out delivery of weapons and ammunition to the forces of the Khalifa Haftar army.
As a result of the defeat of the aircraft by air defense systems, all those on board died, while the identity of the downed military transport aircraft remains unknown for certain.
According a statement of the Spokesman for the Government of National Accord of Libya, the attack of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar’s transport aircraft arriving near Tripoli was carried out by the Libyan Air Force.
According to LNA Colonel Muhammad Kanuno, an LNA military transport aircraft with ammunition landed 60 km from Tripoli near the city of Tarhun.
LNA representatives did not comment more information about the attack.
According to the Libyan news portal Al-Unvan, the attack was carried out using a Turkish-made drone, and the plane transported medicines and equipment for field hospitals to fight coronavirus.
According to updated information, medicines could be on board the aircraft to help people infected with a new type of coronavirus infection, however, at the moment, the forces of the Government of National Unity claim that in fact the aircraft transported ammunition and weapons.
It should be clarified that earlier Russian military transport aircraft also took off from the Russian military base “Khmeimim”, after which they were sent to Libya, however, there is no evidence that this is a Russian aircraft.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
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