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Turkish Soldiers Killed in LNA Air Strike near Libya’s Misrata

Turkish Soldiers Killed in LNA Air Strike near Libya’s Misrata

Tuesday, 7 April, 2020 - 06:45
A Libyan national flag is seen through hole in destroyed building on Tripoli street in Misrata. (AFP file photo)

The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced Monday that its jets struck a weapons and ammunitions depot in the Abugrein region east of the western coastal city of Misrata.

Turkish officers were killed in the strike, said an LNA official on condition of anonymity and without specifying the number of casualties.

LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari, meanwhile, revealed that a cargo plane that came under attack on Sunday was carrying medical supplies to a field hospital that was set up to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the town of Tarhuna.

The militias’ crimes against civilians are unimaginable, he said during a press conference in the eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday.

Militias, allied with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), targeted the plane shortly after it landed in Tarhuna, he revealed.

In contrast, the GNA field operations media office claimed that its forces had targeted a plane that was loaded with military supplies for the LNA as soon as it landed in Tarhuna.

Mismari said the LNA respects the ceasefire and is determined to end the “Turkish invasion” of Libya and eliminate the terrorist militias that are loyal to the GNA.

He revealed that the militias are “completely reliant” on Turkish drones and the LNA forces were now on the outskirts of the heart of Tripoli. They destroyed 25 militia armored vehicles on Friday.

The LNA had on Sunday announced the killing of 41 GNA forces in battles south of Tripoli. The GNA on Monday announced the death of fighters in fierce Tripoli battles.

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