On July 26, Libyan activists shared a video of two MiG-29 fighter jets flying over the coast of the city of Sirte in Libya’s northern region.
The short video shows the fighter jets maneuvering at low-altitude over Sirte’s coast. The jets had no visible markings that could help identify their operator.
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Several Mig-29 fighter jets were spotted in al-Jufra Air Base in central Libya last May. The U.S. Africa Command claimed that the jets were deployed by Russia in order to provide close air support to private military contractors fighting for the Libyan National Army (LNA).
The Mig-29s seen in Libya may belong to the Egyptian Air Force (EAF). Eleven Mig-29Ms are known to be in service of the EAF.
Egypt is a key supporter of the LNA. Recently, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed that the Egyptian military would intervene in Libya to stop any attack by the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) on Sirte or al-Jufra.
New satellite images revealed that an air-defense system was deployed in al-Jufra Air Base. Turkey also reactivated an air-defense system in al-Watiya Air Base in western Libya. These developments indicate that an open military confrontation between the LNA and the GNA is close.