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Libyan Tribes Ready To Field 1 Million Fighters Against Turkish Forces

Libyan Tribes Ready To Field 1 Million Fighters Against Turkish Forces

Libyan tribes are ready to provide about 1 million people who are ready to fight with Turkish forces located on the territory of Libya, according to the representative of the Supreme Council of Sheikhs and tribes of Libya, Saleh al-Fandi, as al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on its website on Wednesday.

"We have a million people trained in military Affairs and ready to go to the battlefield [against Turkish forces in Libya]," he said. Al-Fandi added that "many of the representatives of the Libyan tribes are already involved in this confrontation and are fighting in the ranks of the Libyan [national] army [LNA]."

According to Al-Fandi, the most impressive response to Turkey's actions in Libya "will be the vanguard role of groups of Libyan tribes in the advance of the Egyptian army, if Turkish troops still decide to enter Libyan territory."

July 14 House of Representatives (elected permanent Parliament) The Libyan-backed LNA said that the Egyptian armed forces "in light of the direct invasion by Turkey, as well as the violation of Libyan sovereignty" have the right to intervene "if they see an imminent threat to the national security of the two countries." On June 20, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi did not rule out the possibility of military intervention in Libya, if, according to him, "the Libyans themselves ask for it." The Egyptian President also promised to arm and train Libyan tribes if necessary.

In Libya, there have been two parallel bodies of Executive power for several years: the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Faiz Sarraj in Tripoli and the interim Cabinet, which operates in the East jointly with the House of Representatives and with the support of the LNA under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

On April 4, 2019, Haftar launched an offensive on Tripoli, the capital's government later turned to Turkey for support. With Ankara's support, the NTC managed to regain control of several territories captured by the LNA.

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