The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ANKARA – Today’s attack on Turkish Hawk air defense systems, which Turkey had deployed in the past days at Libya’s al-Watiya Air Base, did not result in any human casualties, Ankara’s state-run Anadolu Agency reports.
“Unidentified warplanes carried out airstrikes on Al-Watiya airbase west of the capital Tripoli,” Anadolu Agency said, citing an anonymous source of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).
“The attacks targeted equipment inside the base, including an air defense system,” Anadolu Agency said.
“No casualties were reported.”
The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Turkish air defense systems.
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.
Ankara established a military foothold in Libya after signing a security agreement with GNA last year. As part of the agreement, Turkish troops as well as Ankara-backed Syrian mercenaries were deployed to back GNA in an effort fight LNA in western Libya.
A Turkish source told Reuters last month that Turkey was in talks with the GNA to establish two bases in Libya, one of them at Watiya, the most important airbase in western Libya.