TRIPOLI, (BM) – The Lebanese news agency Al-Masdar News claims that the forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar carried out a series of airstrikes on the forces of the Government of National Accord [GNA] yesterday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the media, the attacks took place in the area of the castle and the al-Sadada bridge. Some of the attacks were aimed at a Turkish air defense system also located in the region.
Al-Masdar News sources claim that the Turkish missile system was destroyed, as well as its radar installation. Local TV channel Libya 24 confirmed the attack. According to local sources, the destroyed Turkish air defense system is part of recent deployment in the region of MIM-23 Hawk.
Some Libyan Army officers reported that the airstrikes targeted the recently installed Turkish air defenses in Al-Sadada, which is important because the Government of National Accord forces have amassed their troops in the area for a potential offensive in Sirte.
The Libyan National Army has not yet commented on the reports of airstrikes.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on July 8 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.
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 then that French-made fighters are in service with the UAE Air Force. Mirage 2000-9 are equipped with air-to-ground missiles.
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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