Haftar’s Air Force destroyed a bus carrying Turkish officers, LNA claims
TRIPOLI, (BM) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced late yesterday that its aircraft destroyed a “large bus carrying a number of Turkish officers” to the city of Sirte in the along the North African country’s coast, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the LNA’s news article.
The Military Information Division of the Libyan Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, said that the monitoring sources confirmed the killing of these soldiers after the bus was bombed and other targets began to move “recklessly” towards Sirte.
They also stated that the nightly air raids destroyed a “full artillery company including three Turkish-made howitzer guns, two tanks and six armed protection vehicles.”
The Turkish Ministry of Defense has yet to comment on these claims by the Libyan National Army.
The LNA’s channel announced violent raids in the early hours of the morning targeting concentration of fighters of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces in western Sirte.
Meanwhile, the Government of National Accord forces’ official Facebook page for their operation announced that their units “are preparing to take control of the oil crescent and that the agreements will go to hell.”
The same report also announced the killing of more than 40 fighters belonging to the city of Misrata in the intense fighting that broke out yesterday near Sirte.
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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