The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The Libyan National Army (LNA) said it has banned access to all western ports in Libya since Sunday evening, a move that aims to prevent militias allied with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) from receiving arms from Turkey.
The move comes after GNA militias received a shipment of Turkish armored vehicles and arms on Saturday.
“In accordance with the General Commander’s [Khalifa Haftar] decision to cut off supplies for militias in the western region, the chief of staff of the Libyan naval forces, Maj. Gen. Faraj al-Mahdawi, announced the mobilization of all naval forces and announced a complete naval ban on all sea ports in the western region,” the Military Information Division of LNA’s General Command said in a statement on their Facebook page.
According to the statement, LNA’s naval troops threatened to strike whoever approaches the western zone’s ports “with an iron fist, especially the Muslim Brotherhood’s country Turkey”.