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LNA Spokesman Claims Turkey Wishes To Besiege Egypt And Saudi Arabia

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LNA Spokesman Claims Turkey Wishes To Besiege Egypt And Saudi Arabia

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On June 24th, the Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesperson Brigadier General Ahmed al-Mesmari gave a briefing.

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He said that operation “Al-Harama” (Dignity) destroyed the Muslim Brotherhood’s “project” and safeguarded the nation.

“We detected Turkish military naval pieces in the north of the Libyan western region in very large numbers.”

Al-Mesmari also said that Turkey was attempting to expand into the Horn of Africa, and also Yemen, in order to attempt and besiege both Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

“The Turkish presence in Libya threatens the entire region. The Libyan National Army is ready to deal with any emergency.”

He also said that military and civil aircraft are still on regular flights from Turkey to Mitiga and Misrata, some of which have transported Syrian mercenaries.

Al-Mesmari said that Turkey and the forces it supports have interpreted a statement by the UN Mission in Libya as “giving the green light to the militias to allow their crimes to be used and an arrangement for the people of Tarhuna on their national and patriotic stand  with the democratically elected parliament.”

According to him, the mass graves that were discovered in Tarhuna were, in fact, dead LNA fighters, who the Government of National Accord (GNA) presented as civilian casualties.

The UAE, which supports Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s LNA, issued a statement of support of France’s opposition of Turkey.

UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said:

“The UAE confirms its solidarity with France in the face of the statements and the ongoing aggressive actions by Turkey.

We strongly condemn Turkey’s dangerous behavior in a previous targeting of a French navy ship as part of a NATO mission to impose an arms embargo approved by the United Nations.”

On the ground in Libya there appear to be no clashes currently, as there was footage of a “record number” of aircraft at al Khadim Air base, just east of Benghazi. This includes two supposed IL-76 military cargo aircraft.

Turkey has carried out 23 flights with its Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport in the last 34 days.

Out of the 23 flights, only one was made via a Squadron A400 turboprop transport.

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