Haftar's Libyan Army shoots down Turkish aircraft near strategic base -Video

Turkey calls on NATO to once again intervene in Libya

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Libyan Strong man Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's forces of the The Libyan National Army (LNA) posted a video via their official Facebook page, which showed the Turkish aircraft they shot down near the Al-Watiyah Airbase.

LNA air defenses shot down the Turkish aircraft as it was attempting to bomb their positions at the strategic Al-Watiyah Airbase in the western part of Libya. The Libyan National Army did not specify which air defense system they used to shoot down the Turkish aircraft; however, it is very likely they used the Russian-made Pantsir-S system, which has been used on several occasions to down drones and fighter jets.

In the video posted by the Haftar's LNA, the remains of the Turkish aircraft can be seen after the LNA’s forces arrived at the seen to observe its debris. Since Monday, the Libyan National Army has shot down at least a five Turkish aircraft, including armed drones that are operated by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forces.

As the Turkish military which is currently aiding the GNA and its allied forces to stop the LNA from capturing their areas and uniting the country, Turkish Foreign Ministry has issued a strong condemnation of the Libyan National Army (LNA) leader,  accusing Haftar of intensifying attacks on civilians.

Turkey's foreign ministry called on NATO allies to intervene in order to stop the Libyan National Army and its supporters, especially Egypt, the UAE and France. “Haftar and his supporters have become more aggressive by launching attacks targeting civilians,” the statement said, considering that it was similar to “the Syrian regime’s aggression against its people.” .

“They are targeting civilians, including hospitals. Why this aggression?! Because they are beginning to lose their edge in the field,” the Foreign Ministry said.

They stressed that Turkey “believes that the only solution in Libya is the political one, and for that it seeks to achieve a ceasefire there.”

“In the next stage, Haftar must be stopped,” they continued. “Those supporting it must be stopped. NATO should play an important role in this regard.”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cawushoglu said, “Egypt and the UAE, along with France, clearly support Haftar,” adding that “French hostility to Turkey has increased after the Peace Spring operation in northern Syria,” which was launched on October 9, 2019 against Kurdish forces, whom Ankara considers terrorists.

Turkey remains the largest external supporter of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), a political entity that is recognized by the United Nations.

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