On May 26, the Libya al-Ahrar TV released a video showing a T-55 battle tank that was captured from the Libyan National Army (LNA).
The tank was captured by Turkish-backed forces supporting the Government of National Accord (GNA) during clashes in the town of Ain Zara south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
In the video, the battle tank can be seen equipped with a German AEG infrared searchlight. This type was not spotted in Libya before. However, it is installed on several Egyptian variants of the tank, mainly the T-55E Mark 0, T-55E MK I and T-55E MK II.
The T-55 captured by GNA forces was likely supplied to the LNA by Egypt. Cairo is known to be one of the key allies of the Libyan military and its leader Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
Turkey’s ever growing intervention in Libya allowed GNA forces to regain momentum in the battlefield. In response to this, the LNA is now receiving more support from its backers. Recent reports even claim that Russia has supplied 14 warplanes to the LNA.