UAE attacked Turkish air defense systems located at Libyan al-Watiya air base
TRIPOLI, (BM) – Last weekend at the Libyan air base al-Watiya, located 140 kilometers from Tripoli, were destroyed three Turkish anti-aircraft missile systems MIM-23 Hawk and electronic warfare and radar systems of Ukrainian production, as BulgarianMilitary.com reported.
The facility is in the occupation of the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya. According to media reports, the Mirage 2000-9 fighter of the United Arab Emirates Air Force fighter attack, which took off from Egypt, presumably from the Sidi-Barani air base.
The representative of the operation “Volcano of Wrath” of the Libyan GNA Abdulmalik al-Medeni confirmed that French-made fighters are in service with the UAE Air Force. Mirage 2000-9 are equipped with air-to-ground missiles.
Then, a local source pointed out that “unknown aircraft bombed sites near the al-Watiya military base in the western part of the country with a continued flight over the western mountains.”
“The residents of the city of Al-Rajban and its environs have heard the sound of explosions and flights flying near the al-Watiya military base” the source also noted.
Parallel to this event, Field Marshal of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar went to the capital of the UAE Abu Dhabi.
On Twitter published a map of the movement of his plane. There is no point in saying that the attack was made by aircraft from the LNA fleet.
Training aircraft L-39 of the time of Czechoslovakia are not related to the events that occurred from July 4 to 5. Their technical characteristics would not allow for point impacts at night, being outside the Turkish radars.
According to an expert from the UAE, Abdulkhalik Abdullah, with his strike Abu Dhabi “taught a lesson” to Ankara, which is illegally in the Libyan capital and supports GNA troops. He wrote about this in social networks, but soon deleted his post.
Maltese journalist unveils scheme to buy helicopters from UAE and provide them to Haftar forces
On May this year Maltese journalist uncover roles of mercenaries in UAE-backed Libya helicopter gunship plan. According to him the UAE companies Lancaster 6 and L-6 FZE supplied ‘Project Opus’ with three SA341 Gazelle helicopters and three AS332 Super-Puma helicopters – procured from South Africa – as well as the two Malta RHIBs.
The helicopters were to be armed with 7.62mm medium machine guns and destined for Haftar’s forces, which are supported by the UAE, as well as Russian mercenaries and Egypt.
In addition to these, plans were in the works for the procurement of an AH-1F Cobra attack helicopter – a deadly gunship normally armed with missiles, rockets and a three barrel 20mm autocannon.
The six military helicopters were procured from South Africa in June 2019, transported by flatbed truck to Botswana and subsequently to Benghazi.
The 20 private military contractors were deployed to Benghazi from Amman, Jordan in late June 2019, arriving on board a commercial turboprop cargo plane.
Apart from the UAE, Egypt is also ready to join the war
Egypt has repeatedly stated its desire to help Haftar’s forces, as well as the possibility of a direct invasion of Libyan territory.
Any possible direct intervention in Libya by Egypt will have a legitimate status. This was stated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi while visiting a military base in Sidi Barrani near the Libyan border on June 21.
“Any direct intervention by the Egyptian state has now gained international legitimacy,” said al-Sisi. According to him, this right is based on the need to protect the borders of Egypt from terrorist groups, put an end to bloodshed in Libya and support efforts to launch a political process there under the auspices of the UN.
Al-Sisi added that Cairo will not allow the Libyan Government’s National Accord (GNA) forces to take the city of Sirte and the municipality of Al Jufra, which are under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to the president, this will become a “red line”, which Egypt will not allow to cross.
On the next day Egyptian Air Force F-16C / D fighters flew jointly with UAE Airbus A330-243MRTT tanker aircraft in Libyan airspace. This was announced in his Twitter account by journalist and military analyst Babak Taghvaee.
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.
Earlier, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the country could legally invade Libya, and called on the Egyptian army to be fully operational. He noted that Egypt received direct threats from the “terrorist mercenaries and militias” supported in Libya, therefore any military intervention by Cairo is now legitimate.
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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