The Address | Benghazi – Libya
MURZUQ – The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) issued a statement on Sunday which reveals details of the warning strike on a plane in El-Feel oilfield yesterday.
LNA explained that a CRJ type aircraft landed in El-Feel oilfield in violation of the Aire Force’s decision, which declared southern region as a prohibited airspace. A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has also been issued for the prevention of aviation at various airports in the southern region, due to ongoing security operations.
“After the plane landed in the airstrip, our fighter jets did not target it despite the presence of Libyan air force fighter jets in the area. Our jets fired warning shots in the desert near the airport, away from the airstrip, away from the plane and away from the facilities of the airport,” LNA stated.
General Command of LNA revealed that a medical crew was on board the plane as well as Ali Kanna, the military commander appointed by the Tripoli-based government.
“On the following day, on Sunday, 10 February 2018, the aircraft took off while our fighters were in the area. The pilot was asked to go to Tamanhint Airport accompanied by our air force fighter jets. Indeed, he flew and landed at the airport.”
“Those on board were hosted by the Karama Operations Room and the Air Force Operations Room.”
“A press interview was held with those on board by the Military Information Division of the General Command. General Commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar gave orders to allow the aircraft and those on board to leave for Tripoli and secure them in the air, which was actually done.”