Libya's Haftar orders forces to attack Turkish ships and interests: spokesman

The spokesman accused Turkish military officers of involvement in the ongoing battle for Tripoli on the side of the militias and militants backing the GNA.
Saturday 29/06/2019
Spokesman of Libyan National Army (LNA) colonel Ahmed al-Mismari talks during a news conference in Benghazi, Libya, April, 04,2019. (Reuters)
Spokesman of Libyan National Army (LNA) colonel Ahmed al-Mismari talks during a news conference in Benghazi, Libya, April, 04,2019. (Reuters)

BENGHAZI - Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has ordered Libyan National Army (LNA) forces to attack Turkish ships and interests in the country, his spokesman said on Friday, accusing Turkey of backing his rivals in Libya's conflict.

"Orders have been given to the air force to target Turkish ships and boats in Libyan territorial waters," said General Ahmad al-Mesmari, adding that "Turkish strategic sites, companies and projects belonging to the Turkish state (in Libya) are considered legitimate targets by the armed forces".

The spokesman accused Turkish military officers of involvement in the ongoing battle for Tripoli on the side of the militias and militants backing the Government of National Accord of Prime Minister Fayiz Sarraj and of supplying them with weapons and air support. 

The Haftar-led Libyan National Army, which controls eastern Libya and much of the country's south, has launched an offensive to take the capital in early April.

(Agence France-Presse)