Turkey has shipped U.S.-made M60 battle tanks to Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA), Turkish sources reported on May 30.
The sources shared a photo of one of the battle tanks supposedly delivered to GNA forces. The photo was taken in the vicinity of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The Turkish military and its Syrian proxies are mainly deployed around the city.
#Turkey sent #M60 tanks to #Libya to support the #GNA forces in the fight against #LNA. Trailers with the tanks were spotted in the #Tripoli area. pic.twitter.com/ZMSnRTxXgH
M60 tankları Türkiye’den libyaya yollanmış
— Metin Gültekin (@MGltkn77) May 30, 2020
The Turkish Armed Forces operate more than 1,500 M60 battle tanks. A part of these battle tanks was upgraded by Israel’s IMI Systems to the Sabra Mk II standard. It’s still unclear if the battle tanks sent to Libya were upgraded.
In the last few months, Turkey shipped loads of heavy weapons to GNA forces in Libya. The weapons included BMC Kirpi mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, ACV-15 armored personnel carriers (APCs) and even T-122 Sakarya multiple launch rocket system (MLRS).
The Libyan National Army (LNA), the GNA’s main foe, is receiving comparable support from its main backers, the UAE and Egypt.
The recent increase of arms shipments to the GNA and the LNA indicates that the situation in Libya is spinning out of control. The country may be heading to a large-scale military confrontation.