The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – While numerous countries around the world decided to close its borders to protect its citizens from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) is evidently putting the lives of thousands of Libyans at serious risk by continuing to allow for commercial flights between the capital and Turkey.
Flightradar24, a Swedish internet-based service that shows real-time commercial aircraft flight tracking information, intercepted a Libyan Airlines plane flying in Turkey’s airspace on Saturday.
Turkey is one of the countries where the virus infection is widespread nationally with 7,402 officially recorded cases, 1,704 of which were newly recorded yesterday.
Libya has so far recorded three cases of the Coronavirus with two cases in Tripoli and one case in Misurata.
GNA has leaned heavily on military support from Turkey to fight against the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are battling to rid the capital from lawless militias.
A security agreement signed last year between GNA’s Fayez Al-Sarraj and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan paved the way for Ankara to deploy its troops as well as Syrian mercenaries to aid the Tripoli-based government.
This move, which the international community deemed as a serious escalation, could potentially have disastrous consequences on the safety of millions of Libyans now that GNA continues to allow the entrance of foreigners amid the Coronavirus pandemic.