Libyan National Army threatens to target Turkish interests

Ahmed al-Mosmari, an LNA spokesman, said forces have been ordered to target any Turkish ships, strategic sites or companies operating in Libya or its territorial waters.
Saturday 29/06/2019
Spokesman of Libyan National Army (LNA) colonel Ahmed al-Mismari points at the Libya map during a news conference in Benghazi, Libya, April 4. (Reuters)
Spokesman of Libyan National Army (LNA) colonel Ahmed al-Mismari points at the Libya map during a news conference in Benghazi, Libya, April 4. (Reuters)

CAIRO — The Libyan National Army (LNA) says Turkish vessels and interests are "legitimate targets" after accusing Turkey of involvement in the ongoing battle for the capital, Tripoli.

Ahmed al-Mismari, an LNA spokesman, said Friday that Libyan territory had "come under illegitimate Turkish aggression" during the battle for Tripoli in recent weeks.

He said forces have been ordered to target any Turkish ships, strategic sites or companies operating in Libya or its territorial waters.

He said any Turkish nationals in Libya will be arrested.

The LNA, led by Field marshal Khalifa Haftar, controls much of the country's east and south.

It is fighting militias and miltant groups loyal to the Tripolibased government of Fayiz Sarraj.

(AP)