Turkey Warns of Targeting Haftar’s Forces in Libya
Turkey stated Sunday it would deem the forces of Libyan General Khalifa Haftar “legitimate targets” if what it termed their attacks on its interests and diplomatic missions in Libya persisted.
Turkey support’s Libya’s internationally-known Government of National Accord (GNA). It has sealed an army cooperation deal with the GNA, which has been making an attempt to fend off an offensive by Haftar’s forces.
Ankara views Haftar’s forces that are supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Russia, as putschists.
It also stated attacks on Tripoli’s Mitiga airport early Saturday, part of an intensified barrage of artillery fire on the capital, have been war crimes.
On Thursday, Turkey and Italy stated the realm around their embassies in Tripoli had been shelled. A spokesperson for Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) denied that the power was responsible for that bombardmen.
The LNA has been fighting for over a year to capture Tripoli from the GNA, with frequent shelling of the capital. The United Nations stated four-fifths of the 130 civilian casualties recorded in the Libyan battle in Q1 2020 have been caused by LNA ground fighting.
Turkish Prez Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the LNA was in a period of regression after NATO member Turkey threw its support behind the GNA.
Pro-GNA forces have retaken some territory from the LNA around Tripoli during an escalation of fighting in recent weeks with the help of Turkish-supplied drones.
The LNA says Turkey has established an army drone base at Mitiga, but the GNA dismisses this.