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Turkey continues to send weapons to GNA elements in Misrata: Libyan National Army spokesperson

The head of the Libyan parliament Aguila Saleh says an arms embargo aimed at curbing the fighting in Libya was only implemented on the LNA while armed militias have continued to receive weapons

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Jun 2020
Ahmed Al-Mesmari
LNA spokesman Ahmed Al-Mesmari (Photo: Reuters)
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Ahmed Al-Mesmari said that Turkish military cargo aircrafts are transferring weapons to the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya. There are also Turkish naval units operating near Libya's western coastal areas, he stated. 
 
"Our armed forces had military drills in western Sirte, and the troops are ready to deal with any emergency," Al-Mesmari asserted. 
 
"The armed forces' men believe that this is the nation's battle to get rid of takfiris and end the Turkish invasion," he explained, adding that "the Turkish presence in Libya does not only threaten the country, but the region as a whole." 
 
He also accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of challenging the international community's willingness to reach a ceasefire in the war-torn state.
 
Speaking to Egypt's state news agency MENA on Wednesday, the  head of the Libyan parliament Aguila Saleh said that an arms embargo aimed at curbing the fighting in Libya was only implemented on the LNA while armed militias have continued to receive weapons.
 
Saleh added that the international community has failed to stop the arrival of mercenaries and weapons into the Libyan territories.
 
Turkey, which is fighting against the east-based LNA and its commander Khalifa Haftar, is backing the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli with troops and thousands of Syrian mercenaries. 
 
Ankara, according to Reuters, is conducting talks with the GNA for a possible use of the Misrata naval base and Al-Watiya air base. 
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