On December 8, the Egyptian Armed Forces announced that they had carried out preemptive strikes on militants deployed near the country’s border, in eastern Libya. According to the military, strikes eliminated 21 SUVs loaded with militants, arms and ammunition.
Actions of Egypt, one of the key backers of the Libyan National Army (LNA), came as the LNA intercepted and captured a Turkish ship – the “Mabrouka”, sailing under a Jamaican flag, in Libyan waters. According to the LNA, the ship was sailing towards the port of Misrata and was supposedly delivering weapons.
“The ship’s crew is made of nine Turks, seven Indians and one Azerbaijani sailor. It is being investigated for its violations of maritime laws and regulations,” LNA spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Mismari said.
Turkey supports the LNA’s rival – the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). Ankara regularly supplies the GNA with weapons and equipment, and has deployed its own troops and Turkish-backed Syrian militants to support the GNA.
Earlier, reports appeared that clashes between the LNA and Turkish-backed forces resumed in the south of Libya. This may indicate that the conflict is nearing the new round of escalation.
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