Turkey transfers NATO air defense systems to Libya, Italian press reports

ANKARA – Two cargo planes coming from Turkey landed at Libya’s Al-Watiya airbase, Italian news agency Nova reported on Thursday.

According to Nova, one of these aircrafts carries advanced air defense systems, exclusively owned by NATO member states, while the second plane brought a number of logistical materials.

The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and Turkey signed a number of security agreements last year, which paved the way for Ankara to send its own troops as well as Syrian mercenaries to fight with GNA against the Libyan National Army (LNA), an eastern Libya-based forces that launched a military campaign to take over Tripoli in April 2019.

Libya’s warring pastries signed a UN-brokered ceasefire deal on October this year, which obligates them to stop seeking foreign military assistance.


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