Thursday, 9/4/2020 | 12:38 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

Update: Libyas east-based army says its attack on Turkish ship aims to prevent terrorists

TRIPOLI A spokesman of the east-based army of Libya said that the army hit a Turkish ship in the capital Tripolis seaport to combat terrorism.

we targeted weapons and ammunition being brought to Tripoli seaport Ahmad al-Mismari told a press conference in the eastern city Benghazi. It was not an offensive operation but a defensive one aimed to prevent terrorist groups from obtaining weapons ammunition and advanced equipment.

Turkey sends weapons and military equipment to terrorist groups in Tripoli al-Mismari added.

The east-based army on Tuesday announced the destruction of a Turkish ship carrying weapons off Tripolis coast. The UN-backed government said that the east-based army had attacked Tripolis seaport with rocket missiles.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he will support the UN-backed government to control all of Libya if peace talks fail.

The east-based army has been leading a military campaign since early April 2019 attempting to take over Tripoli from the UN-backed government.

The fighting has killed and injured thousands of people and forced more than 150000 to flee their homes.