16 Turkish fighters killed in Libya, says LNA

The Libyan National Army (LNA) said on Sunday that it killed a total of 16 Turkish fighters since Ankara moved troops into the country to prop up its rival faction, the U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), Al Arabiya reported.

Another 100 allied Syrian mercenaries have also died in clashes to defend Tripoli against an LNA advance, the Sky News Arabia TV channel reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan deployed in January Turkish troops as trainers and advisers and allied  Syrian fighters to Libya to prop up the GNA, which has for months been fighting an offensive led by eastern LNA forces commanded by General Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and France, and helped by Russian mercenaries.

The LNA claimed earlier this month that it destroyed a Turkish cargo ship anchored at Tripoli, which it claimed brought arms and ammunition.

Ankara has denied the claim.


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