Photos: LNA announces targeting Turkish Hawk systems in al-Watiya Air Base

The Libyan Address Journal

The Libyan National Army announced that its Air Force has destroyed Turkish Hawk air defense systems that Turkey had deployed in the past days at al-Watiya Air Base, northwest of Libya.

In a statement to the Libyan Address Journal, an informed military source stated that the Libyan National Army air force has targeted the Hawk systems deployed by Turkish forces in separate areas inside the al-Watiya, which covers an area of fifty square kilometers.

Sources had mentioned earlier that the Turkish army began using the facilities of the al-Watiya, which is considered one of the largest military bases in North Africa, as Hawk air defense systems, radars, and jamming systems were seen being transported to the base.

“The goal of the Turkish forces from this step is to launch UAVs towards southern Libya in preparation for control of the Fezzan region,” the military source stated. Fezzan, which is controlled by the Libyan National Army, has the largest oil and gas fields in Libya, part of which supply Mellitah Gas, a joint venture between National Oil Corporation of Libya and ENI Italy.

Turkey also aims from stationing at al-Watiya base to achieve control over the North Africa airspace, especially over Tunisia and eastern Algeria. The base has been turned into a fully Turkish military facility managed by the Turkish army’s staff without any Libyan presence in it.

Islamist groups loyal to the Tripoli government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj announced in mid-May control over the al-Watiya base after heavy airstrikes by Turkish UAVs with the support of pro-Turkey Syrian mercenaries on the ground.



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