Published: Fri, July 10, 2020

‘Foreign Air Force’ Bombs Turkey-Backed Libya Government Airbase

‘Foreign Air Force’ Bombs Turkey-Backed Libya Government Airbase

The Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on its website that: "Militias that try to spoil the political process or engage in actions that threaten the stability of Libya should not be tolerated".

The Libyan Army captured the air base in the southwest of the capital Tripoli, where Turkey reportedly wants to establish a base, from Haftar's forces in May.

For his part, Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar said that Libya is witnessing a military escalation with developed and unsafe weapons, in addition to a Turkish invasion exposing Libya and the region to a crisis and threatening the global peace.

"Turkish support for (the GNA) continues in the areas of military and security cooperation", said GNA deputy defence minister Salah Namrush. Turkish sources also described the planes as "unidentified".

Meanwhile, Commander of the National Army, Field Marshal KhalifaHaftar, is backed by Egypt, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The US State Department expressed on Thursday its alarm at the link between the forces of Major General Khalifa Haftar and the Russian Wagner group, stressing this contradicts US and Libyan interests and undermines Libya's sovereignty. According to the Turkish military, Saturday night's airstrike targeted those defenses and inflicted significant damage against them.

Interfax news agency reported earlier that Russian Federation and Turkey are working on an immediate ceasefire agreement for the conflict in Libya.

Turkey has responded to attacks on the base and has sent both their Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and their military chief of staff to Libya to speak with GNA leader Fayez al-Sarraj. Egyptian media ran stories over the weekend that implied Egyptian air forces carried out the raid, including photos of the air defense equipment in Watiya that was targeted.

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