Turkey continues to supply weapons to Libya, ignoring the UN embargo

TRIPOLUI, (BM) – 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 National Harmony Government, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing National News sources.

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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.

According to them [sources – ed.] these actions of Ankara ignore the UN embargo and the IRINI.

Three military transport aircraft were seen during the return flight from Misurata to Istanbul. Libyan city is occupied by militants of the Libyan Socialist Party. Smuggled weapons were unloaded for them in Misurata, the Federal News Agency writes.

Ankara continues to ignore peacekeeping initiatives of the international community. In addition to breaking the UN embargo, the Turkish government has found a way around the IRINI mission. It is designed to monitor compliance with the embargo in the Mediterranean. Turkey decided to use the air to deliver its cargo.

In addition to weapons, the Syrian radicals from the province of Idlib were brought in support of the Libyan PNS. Turkey is recruiting them for hostilities on the side of the terrorists.

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 Of course, the M-60A1 is outdated morally and physically, however, in the conditions of the Libyan war, where T-55 tanks are actively used, less often T-62, and T-72 in general have become a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).

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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