Libya begs Egypt for military aid to fight against GNA and Turkish forces

TRIPOLI, (BM) – The Libyan people will send the Egyptian authorities a request for help in resolving the conflict on their own territory if the troops of the Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez Sarraj, attack the city of Sirte and the province of Jufra, learned according the head of the House of Representatives in eastern Libya Akila Saleh statement.

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According to him, it is the legitimate self-defense of Libya if terrorist groups cross the “red line” announced by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Halil el-Sisi and try to capture Sirte or Jufra. “The Libyan people will officially ask Egypt to send in its armed forces if necessary to protect national security,” he said.

Saleh noted that the main cause of the problems of Libya is foreign interference. The President of Egypt previously stated that his country was ready to assist the Libyan tribes in the fight against foreign interference. El-Sisi also recalled that the “red line” is the city of Sirte, as well as the province of Jufra, located 900 kilometers from the border territory with Egypt.

The day before it became known that the Egyptian air force fighter F-16C / D made a joint flight with the Airbus A330-243MRTT Tankers tankers UAE Air Force in Libyan airspace. It is assumed that they fired on the PNS forces in Misrata together with Russian-made fighters of the Libyan National Army’s Air Force (SUA) Su-24M.

On June 21, the President of Egypt announced that the country could legally invade Libya. Egypt received direct threats from the “terrorist mercenaries and militias” supported in Libya, so any military intervention by Cairo is now legitimate, according to the government.

Why Turkey?

Earlier today we reported that Turkey continues to supply weapons to Libya, ignoring the UN embargo. Three Turkish Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft delivered arms and Syrian mercenaries from Istanbul to Misurata to support the forces of the so-called Libyan Government of Nationa Accord [GNA].

On Monday this week we reported that soon, 1,800 mercenaries, which Turkey is preparing for the Government of National Accord (GNA), should be send to Libya.

Recall that on June 1 Turkey transferred tanks to Libya. Several sources claimed that in the suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli Tarjuna were seen tanks M-60A. Obviously, it was delivered from Turkey to support the GNA forces. Of course, the M-60A1 is outdated morally and physically, however, in the conditions of the Libyan war, where T-55 tanks are actively used, less often T-62, and T-72 in general have become a rarity, the Turkish machine can be quite successfully used on the battlefield.

We recall that on June 12 three Turkish cargo planes were heading towards the western region of Libya when they were spotted by the Libyan National Army (LNA).

Is Egypt ready to invade Libya?

Ashraf Sinjar, a professor of international politics at Port Said University, said on Monday [June 22 – ed] that “Egypt is a rational force and does not want hostilities, and the international community understands its position”.

However, the professor said that should the Turkish-backed forces, led by the Government of National Accord [GNA], capture the strategic port-city of Sirte, Egypt will not stand idly by.

The professor said, as reported by Sputnik Arabic, that Egypt’s red line is at the city of Sirte; this is something that has also been corroborated by Cairo’s leadership.

He pointed out that Egypt has a military force to be reckoned with, and a force from outside the Mediterranean will not be able to threaten its security.

On Saturday [June 20 – ed.], Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced that Cairo has the “international legitimacy” to intervene inside of Libya.

His statement was met by heavy criticism from the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, as they claimed Sisi’s comments were a “declaration of war.”

Earlier same day we reported that an Egyptian Air Force F-16C / D fighters flew jointly with UAE Airbus A330-243MRTT tanker aircraft in Libyan airspace.

According to reports, they [Egyptian Air Force – ed.] may have invaded the country and carried out attacks against the forces of the Government of National Accord [GNA] in Misrata together with Russian-made fighters of the Air Force of the Libyan National Army [LNA] Su-24M.

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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