FILE - Spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Ahmed al-Mesmary FILE - Spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Ahmed al-Mesmary

LNA spox reveals truce violations by militias backed by Turkey

Sun, Mar. 15, 2020
CAIRO - 15 March 2020: Spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Ahmed al-Mesmary held a press conference in Cairo on Sunday to give details on truce violations committed by militias.

Mesmary asserted that the Libyan Armed Forces agreed to the truce but would never accept threats by militias. The LNA spokesperson stated that Misrata militias attempts to attack the forces in Al Jufra and Sirte using advanced ammunition and drones supplied by Turkey.

The LNA spokesperson also disclosed an attempt by militias to target Al Jufra Airbase by a Turkish-made drone that was downed by the LNA southern Libya.

Mesmary stated that the Turkish spheres of influence in Libya are Misrata, Tripoli, and Zuwara saying that the LNA has spotted all the locations of Turkish troops in Libya.

The LNA spokesperson accused Turkey of transporting 300-400 mercenaries to Libya weekly by civilian aircrafts and ships that are protected by international laws. A number of those ships carry the flags of certain countries. For instance, a ship carrying mercenaries was raising the flag of Lebanon.

Mesmary declared that the number of Turkish officers on Libyan soil has reached 1,000 while that of mercenaries has recorded 7,500. Mesmary stated that the LNA struck Turkish targets in Mitiga International Airport.

LNA kills 16 Turkish military personnel including 3 commanders

CAIRO - 23 February 2020: Head of the Mobilization Department at the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khaled al-Mahgoub told Russia Today that the number of Turkish military personnel killed in Libya by the Armed Forces is 16 until present, while that of mercenaries brought by the Middle Eastern state is 105.

Mesmary revealed that the LNA has 85,000 soldiers, and that 7,000 were martyred since the launching of Al Karama Flood Operation in April. That is in addition to thousands of injuries.
Mesmary negated that any foreign elements fight in the ranks of LNA.

The LNA spokesperson stated that Tripoli militants are building a base on the borders with Tunisia so they would move there, if defeated. Border Guards. “Tunisian border guards are not in full control. We have reservations about certain border areas,” Mesmary said.

Mesmary revealed there are moves to make Minister of Interior of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fathy Bashagha succeed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.

Commenting on the consideration of Ramtane Lamamra, who is Algerian, as special U.N. representative to Libya succeeding Ghassan Salame, the LNA spokesperson declared that the Libyan people vigorously rejects the appointment of an individual who belongs to a neighboring state.
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