Libya’s LNA announces downing of Turkish aircraft near Tripoli

The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on Wednesday that their forces shot down a Turkish airliner after it took off from the Mitiga Airbase near capital Tripoli.

The LNA has continued to launch shells at the capital despite their agreement to abide by a ceasefire after the talks held on Sunday in Berlin.

“The Air Defense Forces of the General Command of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces shot down a Turkish aircraft after it took off from the Mitiga Air Force Base,” the LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari  said in a statement on Facebook.

Libya since 2014 has been divided into competing political and military factions based in Tripoli the east. The Tripoli based Goverment of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Sarraj, is in conflict with LNA forces led by Khalifa Haftar based in the east. 

Turkey backs the GNA while Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt support the LNA, which has led an offensive to seize Tripoli since April.

Ankara has deployed military trainers and advisers to Libya to prop up the country’s U.N.-recognised GNA after Turkish lawmakers passed a bill allowing the country to deploy troops to Libya.

Sunday’s conference in Berlin concluded with an agreement between participants, including Turkey, Russia, Egypt and the UAE, for stopping the supply of arms, strengthening the armistice and stopping attacks on oil installations, among others, in the war-torn country.