On March 7th, the Libyan National Army, under Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar carried out heavy shelling on Mitiga International Airport near Tripoli.
Purportedly, it targeted the Turkish Armed Forces operations room located there.
The footage below allegedly shows the aftermath of yesterday's shelling pic.twitter.com/zIjZeSVyDX
— SMM Libya (@smmlibya) March 8, 2020
The airport has been subject to heavy shelling with GRAD rockets over the last several days.
On March 4th, four missiles hit it, according to Amin al-Hashemi, spokesman for the Health Ministry in Tripoli.
The LNA also said that a Turkish UAV was shot down south of Tripoli.
عاجل | الجيش الليبي: إسقاط طائرة تركية مسيرة جنوبي طرابلس.
— العين الإخبارية – عاجل (@AlainBRK) March 7, 2020
Heavy clashes were on-going on March 7th, just south of Tripoli in Azizia.
الإشتباكات قوية فى اللوتس
— غصة الخوارج (@LiBya_73) March 6, 2020
Meanwhile, the Turkish information network is hard at work attempting to stir up some controversy.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin would take “positive steps” on the issue of the mythical PMC “Wagner.”
Erdoğan: "Wagner konusunda Putin'in olumlu adım atacağını düşünüyorum. Libya'daki sürecin de akşamki adıma benzer şekilde sonuçlanması beklentimiz."
— AA Canlı (@AACanli) March 6, 2020
The Government of National Accord (GNA) forces are also attacking LNA positions around Tripoli. Namely near Souk El Khamis.
القوة المساندة للجيش بغريان:
مدفعية الجيش تستهدف عدة تمركزات لمليشيات ومرتزقة حفتر بمحاور سوق الخميس.
اللهم سدد رميهم وتبثهم.. #العدوان_على_طرابلس
— عماد فتحي E.Fathi (@emad_badish) March 5, 2020
GNA also reportedly destroyed an LNA ammunition depot and a position for the forces of Khalifa Haftar in Qasir Benghashir.
Gununu told reporters that the operation came as a response to the targeting of civilians in Tripoli, adding that Volcano of Rage forces will tackle any attacks by “the aggression militias”.
He also called on all Libyans to stay away from the areas where Haftar’s forces are located in southern Tripoli.
Meanwhile, sources from Libyan Army forces said artillery weapons of 166 Brigade had targeted three ammunition depots of Haftar’s forces in Qasir Benghashir, saying the ammunition was the heavy weapons used to randomly bomb Tripoli neighborhoods.
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