Reports of an attack on a Turkish ship with weapons in Libya

Reports of an attack on a Turkish ship with weapons in Libya

There were reports on Twitter of an attack on a Turkish ship in the port of Tripoli. @Conflicts writes about the shelling of the ship, posting photos from the scene.

The Libyan National Army of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar claimed responsibility for the attack on the ship, Al Arabiya reported. The army’s media center said the vessel was carrying weapons and ammunition.

The attack was also confirmed by the UN ambassador to Libya, Hassan Salameh, Reuters reported. According to an agency reporter in Tripoli, thick smoke is visible in the port area. A source in the harbor reported the damage to the warehouse. Turkey in January stepped up support for the Army of the Government of National Accord (PNC) of Libya, which is opposed to the forces of Field Marshal Haftar, who are leading the offensive on Tripoli. Additional military advisers and weapons were sent to the country. Ankara is seeking a truce, which talks are continuing at various international venues, but as early as January, foreign states, including Turkey and Russia, vowed not to intervene in the conflict following a conference on Libya in Berlin.

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Against the background of these events, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Russian military leadership, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, of waging war in Libya at the hands of mercenaries. The Russian Foreign Ministry called this statement untrue, the Kremlin, in turn, stressed that President Vladimir Putin as commander-in-chief did not send troops to this country.

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