9 Russian “Pantsir-S1” missile systems were destroyed in Libya
TRIPOLI, (BM) – As a result of the military operation “Volcano of Wrath” conducted by the army of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya, nine Russian-made Pantsir anti-aircraft missile-cannon systems (ZRPK) were destroyed. This was reported in the press center of the operation, reports the Turkish agency Anadolu, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Lenta.ru.
According to the headquarters, the complexes were destroyed in the last four days. They belonged to the forces of the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
Several cases of the destruction of the “Pantsir” were previously reported separately. So, on May 20, BulgarianMilitary.com, referring to the press center of the operation of the GNA army, reported that one of the air defense missile systems was destroyed by a Turkish drone. Another “Pantsir” earlier in May was captured by GNA forces at Al-Vatiya airbase near Tripoli, from where they managed to dislodge parts of the Haftar army.
As The Libya Observer reported, at least one “Pantsir” was transferred to the UAE from the UAE despite the arms embargo on Libya imposed by the UN Security Council. The Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah, citing data from a confidential UN report, clarifies that during the years of the war in Libya, the United Arab Emirates transferred heavy arms, including Armor, worth $ 14.7 million, to South African Super Puma helicopters, to the Haftar army $ 15 million, own-made drones worth $ 25 million, Russian-made drones Orlan-10 and Chinese shock drones totaling $ 2.1 million, as well as various missiles, including US-made ones.
On April 28, the LNA of Field Marshal Haftar announced the adoption of governing the country and the termination of the Shirat Agreement reached in 2015, which resulted in the formation of the GNA. Russia and the European Union condemned these actions and called on the field marshal to adhere to past agreements.
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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