The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LIBYA – Informed sources confirmed that the bodies of three Turkish soldiers are expected to arrive in Turkey after they had been killed in Libya, making it the first Turkish losses in the invasion of Libya, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced late last year.
The sources said the bodies of the Turkish soldiers arrived in Misurata Airport, where a special Turkish plane will transport them on Friday to Turkey, according to Turkish Ahval News.
It is not yet known where the Turkish soldiers were killed, while the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces continue to clamp down on pro-Turkish militias that are allied with the government of Fayez al-Sarraj (GNA) in Tripoli.
Turkey supports GNA militias with weapons, ammunition, drones, and military experts. It also sends mercenaries from Syria to help the militias in their fight against LNA.
Turkish sources expected that the arrival of the bodies of the Turkish soldiers would provoke a wave of anger in the Turkish political and social circles, and open the debate about President Erdogan’s adventure in the Libyan quagmire.
Turkish parties have previously warned against sending Turkish soldiers to Libya, as they confirmed that this could end in disaster for Turkey, but the Turkish Parliament, which is dominated by the Justice and Development Party (Erdogan Party), approved the memorandum of sending Turkish soldiers to invade Libya.