The Libyan Army Declared The Second Downing Of A Turkish Drone
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) claimed the second Turkish drone shot down in the past few hours South of Tripoli. This was reported on Friday by the Al Arabiya TV channel.
Earlier, it was reported that air defense calculations destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the forces of the Government of national accord (PNS) when it tried to attack Haftar positions in the Tarhuna area, 65 km South-East of the capital. It is alleged that a second drone was also shot down in the vicinity of this city.
In Libya, for a long time, there have been two parallel bodies of Executive power: the Tripoli-based PNS of Faiz Sarraja and the interim Cabinet of Abdullah Abdurrahman al-Thani, which operates in the East of the country jointly with the Parliament and is supported by the LNA. For more than a year, the opposing camps have been fighting for the country's main city after Haftar launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, with the goal, as he claimed, of liberating the capital from terrorists.
At the beginning of this week, the NTC formations, with the active support of Turkish unmanned aircraft, managed to dislodge the army from the strategic airbase of al-Vatya (100 km South-West of Tripoli). Following this, they began preparing an offensive on Tarhuna and, as reported, subjected the city to massive shelling from multiple rocket launchers on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Haftar's forces unilaterally announced a temporary cease-fire and withdrawal of troops on all fronts in the capital at a distance of 2-3 km on the occasion of the holiday of Rozgovenya Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr among the Turkic peoples). Despite this, the clashes did not stop, and the last day the army command reported on the preparation of the largest air operation in the history of Libya against, as stated, Turkish troops in the country and their supporters.