Al-Mahjoub: LNA is Monitoring Turkish Warships Near Libyan Territorial Waters – Al Marsad

Major General Khaled Al-Mahjoub said the Libyan National Army (LNA) was monitoring the movement of Turkish warships but stressed that they were currently outside Libyan territorial waters. He said the LNA and its navy were ready to deal with any eventuality.

(Libya, 5 December 2020) – In a statement given today, the Director of Moral Guidance in the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Khaled Al-Mahjoub, said LNA was monitoring the movement of Turkish warships in the Gulf of Sirte.

Major General Khalid al-Mahjoub of the LNA

He stated that the Turkish warships were currently outside Libyan territorial waters and was no evidence yet showing they were approaching the Oil Crescent. He said LNA and its navy are ready to deal with any emergency.

Since the standoff between Operation IRINI’s German frigate and a Turkish cargo vessel off the coast of Libya, which led to diplomatic pressure being exerted by Turkey against the EU, Libyan media revealed that Turkish warships had been detected near the Gulf of Sirte. Satellites had spotted 6 naval frigates carrying the Turkish flag off the coast of Libya, at the Sirte Oil Crescent.

Turkish naval movements coincide with its deployments in Libya, specially during the last few days. Yesterday, for example, there were almost 6 military cargo flights from Turkish air bases to al-Watiya air base.

 

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