Turkey’s National Defense Minister said that Ankara has taken all measures against any possible hostile moves or threats, referring to the recent threats made by the Libyan National Army (LNA).
“The price of hostile attitudes or attacks will be heavy, they will be responded with the most efficient and hard manner,” Hulusi Akar told Anadolu Agency in Osaka city of Japan on June 30.
Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesman for the LNA, announced two days earlier that the army is imposing a ban on any commercial flights from Libya to Turkey and Turkish ships from docking in the country. The spokesman added that all Turkish assets and interests in the country are considered legitimate targets for the army.
The LNA’s threats were a response to a Turkish-backed attack that allowed forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) to impose control of Garyan, south of the country’s capital, Tripoli. The army accused Turkish-backed forces of massacring 40 injured soldiers who were trapped inside the town’s hospital.
In his interview with the Anadolu Agency, Akar said that Turkey is focusing on Libya’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, people’s peace and happiness and the national consensus spirit in the country; however, it would not turn a blind eye towards threats.
While the size of the Turkish involvement in the attack on Garyan remains unclear, it has been confirmed that Ankara is actively supporting and arming GNA forces.