Satellite Image of Alleged Turkish Cargo in Port of Tripoli Released After Airstrikes

Africa

The situation in the North African country, which was dragged into a civil war after the death of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, recently escalated as Ankara entered the fray, deploying military advisors to back the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), fighting against Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

The satellite intelligence company ISI has provided a photo from the port of Tripoli, claiming it confirmed an attack on cargo at the port docks near an alleged Turkish cargo ship, which is believed to have carried goods to Libya. The satellite image is said to feature the vessel and the cargo with smoke rising from it.

​The photo was published following a statement by the LNA on Facebook that its forces had destroyed a Turkish vessel, carrying weapons and ammunition docked in the port of Tripoli. While the forces backing Khalifa Haftar have accused Ankara of violating an international ban on arms sales to the country by delivering this cargo, Turkey could not confirm claims that its vessel had been destroyed in the port of Tripoli.

Meanwhile, the Turkish outlet Daily Sabah, citing the GNA, reported a barrage of rocket fire from the LNA’s forces has left three civilians dead. As spokesperson for the GNA’s Health Ministry Fevzi Uneyyis said on social media for their “Operation Volcano of Rage” two missile attacks also injured five.

The op’s representative Mustafa al-Mujai reported heavy damage at the…

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