Libyan army shot down two Turkish drones and resumed hostilities

TRIPOLI, (BM) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) has shot down two Turkish drones in the last 12 hours that was attempting to bomb their positions near the port-city of Sirte, learned citing several local sources and AMN and Krasnaya Vesna news agencies.

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According to the Libyan National Army, their air defense forces downed the Turkish drones that was approaching their positions in the western countryside of the port-city.

Turkey has attempted to bomb the Libyan National Army on multiple occasions this week, as they provide air cover to the Government of National Accord forces that are attempting to capture the city of Sirte.

At the same time the start of hostilities in Libya without interruption was announced by the head of the press service of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, the press service of the army reported on June 8.

The report said: “After the government of the National Accord Forces (GNA) rejected the ceasefire, we announce the start of hostilities without interruption.”

Recall, on June 6, Egyptian President El-Sisi announced the creation of a Libyan initiative to resolve the crisis called the Cairo Declaration, which implies compliance with all international initiatives and decisions regarding the unity of Libya.

The meeting was attended by the head of the LNA Khalifa Haftar and the head of the House of Representatives of Libya, Akila Saleh. Many countries and organizations supported the initiative.

The Cairo Declaration included an appeal by all Libyan parties to a ceasefire starting June 8, emphasizing the importance of the results of the Berlin Conference for a political settlement in Libya.

The declaration also implied that the international community should remove all foreign mercenaries from Libyan land.

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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