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Libyan Army Accuses Turkey of Providing Military Support to Brotherhood

Libyan Army Accuses Turkey of Providing Military Support to Brotherhood

Wednesday, 5 June, 2019 - 10:30
Libyan National Army (LNA) members head out of Benghazi to reinforce troops advancing towards Tripoli, in Benghazi, Libya, April 7, 2019. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori/File Photo

Karama operations media center of the Libyan National Army (LNA) has said ‘Turkish drones’ had targeted several regions in the south of the capital Tripoli.

The center accused Turkey of making a “blatant intervention in support of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and its militias despite a UN Security Council arms embargo on Libya.”

LNA’s Brigadier General Fawzi al-Mansouri said that his forces thwarted Tuesday an attack conducted by militias loyal to Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA). They attacked Tripoli’s former international airport but they ended up with heavy casualties, Mansouri added.

Military sources in Sarraj’s government said that its forces launched an attack on at least four fronts in an attempt to force the LNA to withdraw. They noted that the attacks included airstrikes on army positions near Tripoli.

Moreover, the GNA announced that Undersecretary of Housing and Utilities Ministry Salah al-Din al-Ruqaie was killed while fighting alongside pro-Sarraj militias on Monday.

On its Facebook page, the ministry mourned Ruqaie and affirmed that he was on the frontlines of Tripoli before getting killed.

Karama operations media center, further, unveiled that the GNA’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has officially requested Malta’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to permit the passage of three flights coming from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport starting Wednesday until June 25.

The center said that these flights will most likely carry arms, ammunition and mercenaries, stressing that Malta should not be party to the Libyan conflict.

Moreover, it accused High Council of State chief Khalid al-Mishri of recruiting children and attempting to form a battalion of children and youths from Hararat region. It also said that Mishri has recruited around 20 juveniles to fight alongside the militias in return for money.

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