Turkey: LNA’s attacks targeted our embassy in Tripoli and we’ll respond to the threat
ANKARA, (BM) – The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, “intensified the attacks,” which included the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
A statement circulated by the foreign ministry said Ankara’s readiness to return fire at the LNA positions in the event of a recurrence of such incidents.
“Haftar-related illegal groups have intensified attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in recent days. On May 9th, Haftar-related elements launched more than 100 rockets and fired heavily at the center of Tripoli. These attacks targeted diplomatic missions, including our embassy in Tripoli, Mitiga airport, civilian aircraft preparing for take-off and other civilian infrastructure were killed and injured civilians, for which reason we again emphasized We believe that if our representations in Libya and our interests are compromised, then we will consider the formation of Haftar as a legitimate target [for a retaliatory strike],” the communiqué says.
Meanwhile, on the eve of the LNA official, Major General Ahmed al-Mismari told TASS that the Haftar army adheres to international conventions and does not shell diplomatic missions in Tripoli, its operations are directed exclusively against terrorists.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement also called “unacceptable” the fact that “the UN is not responding to these attacks.” “During the [holy month of Muslim fasting] ramadan and pandemic, the collective responsibility of the world community is to stop the coup Haftar, who kills his citizens, including women, children and the elderly,” the Turkish ministry said.
Earlier, Reuters reported that the Italian Foreign Ministry accused Haftar of firing on territory near the residence of the country’s ambassador, resulting in two deaths. In addition, the agency quoted the Turkish ambassador, who claimed that a missile had fallen near the Turkish embassy, which hit the Supreme Court building in the capital.
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