Turkey is trying to deliver weapons to Libya by air, cargo planes were intercepted
TRIPOLI, (BM) – A Libyan military source told RT Arabic on Thursday that a Turkish cargo plane was intercepted along the coast of Misrata and forced to return home, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The Egyptian and Libyan media had reported that 3 Turkish cargo planes were heading towards the western region of Libya when they were spotted by the Libyan National Army (LNA).
No further details were released about the cargo plane; however, if true, this would be an important move for the Libyan National Army, as they have been trying to prevent the Turkish Ministry of Defense’s deliveries to the North African nation.
This news comes just a day after the Greek Navy reportedly intercepted a Turkish cargo ship that was en route to Libya.
Turkey has not commented on these allegations.
Meanwhile, the clashes in the western part of the countryside intensified between the Government of National Accord and Libyan National Army on Thursday, with the former achieving new advances.
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 Sarraj, 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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