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Turkey directly attacks positions of the Libyan National Army

Libya: Turkey’s direct attacks on the Libyan National Army

At a time where international attention is focused on efforts to fight the COVID-19, nothing seems to be holding back the war in Libya. Fighting has intensified over the past week despite international calls for a truce over the coronavirus. This Wednesday, for the first time, a Turkish frigate off Tripoli intervened directly. By launching a missile targeting a drone of the Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar. Until now, Turkish intervention has been limited to sending mercenaries, drones and military equipment to the Libyan allies in Tripoli. This development marks a turnaround that risks leading to a regional war.

According to Libyan sources, a Turkish warship fired missiles south of the city of Al-Ajaylat, west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The shooting directly targeted positions of General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

rockets fired by a Turkish warship fell into the agricultural area of Dhahran, on the outskirts of the army-held city of Al-Ajaylat. , which is under the control of Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Local news sites have suggested that the Turkish warship may be planning to target the Al-Watiya airbase in the south. However, the missiles were aimed and fired in the wrong direction.

The Libyan newspaper Al-Marsad quoted a spokesman for the Libyan National Army General Command (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, as saying that a Turkish warship had fired rockets in the region of ‘Al-Ajaylat without causing casualties. This Turkish shot constitutes a first direct foray by Turkey into the Libyan conflict. Until then, Ankara had only sent mercenaries and soldiers to help the Government of National Accord (GNA), recognized by the UN. It may also be a warning to the EU that plans to send a military force to enforce the arms embargo.

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