— Oded Berkowitz (@Oded121351) 14 April 2019
On April 14, forces loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) claimed that they had shot down a MiG-21 warplane of the Libyan National Army (LNA) near the city of Tripoli.
According to initial reports, the jet was downed over the area of Ain Zara with a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD).
Pro-LNA sources claim that the MiG-21 crashed because of a technical issue. However, this is very unlikely. Two missiles can be seen on the released video.
The downed MiG-21 jet is the first confirmed and the second claimed downed jet since the start of the LNA advance on Tripoli. On April 10, the LNA announced that it had downed a L-39 jet of the GNA Air Force.
Meanwhile, the LNA leader Field Marlshal Halifa Haftar arrived in Cairo where he ment with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The sides discussed the current situation in Libya, including the ongoing LNA advance on Tripoli.
Egypt has close ties with the LNA and is named among one of the key backers of Field Marshal Haftar.
Following a statement from the Egyptian presidential office did not mention Haftar’s offensive directly but “confirmed Egypt’s support for efforts to combat terrorism and extremist groups and militias in order to achieve security and stability for the Libyan citizen”.
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