Turkish military supplies to Fayez al-Sarraj's Government of National Accord (GNA) has become the reason to close the maritime border in Western Libya.
According to foreign news agencies and Fayez al-Sarraj himself, May 17 and 18 this year witnessed two ships delivering several dozen Turkish-made armored vehicles, cars and a large number of small arms and ammunition to the seaports of Tripoli and Misrata (200 kilometers east of Tripoli). It is established that one of the cargo ships under the flag of the Republic of Moldova (does not have a fleet of its own) named "Amazon" left the Turkish port of Samsun.
Military experts note that Kirby armored vehicles of the Turkish Navy supplied to the police units of Fayez al-Sarraj are designed to transport special forces and police personnel. They have several modifications equipped with small arms.
According to one of the chieftains, an incomer Turkish bulk carrier brought rocket-propelled grenade launchers with a large consignment of boosted devices and a lot of artillery and jet-propelled projectiles.
Foreign military assistance to any party to the internal political conflict in Libya is a gross violation of UN Security Council resolutions, but the Turkish leadership defies all the international decisions on the Libyan issue, supporting the police formations loyal to Fayez al-Sarraj's Government of National Accord.
The leadership of the Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar has repeatedly warned that the government militia comprise militants of the internationally banned terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood who fought in Iraq and Syria on the side of the Islamic State (ISIS, international Islamic group banned in Russia).
Under instructions by Khalifa Haftar, Chief of Staff of the Navy Major General Faraj Mahdavi ordered the introduction of a naval blockade of the western coast of Libya. All vessels are prohibited from freely entering the country's territorial waters, and in case of violation the Turkish ships should be exposed to fire.
On May 20, Marshal Khalifa Haftar was in Rome to hold talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti, in the course of which he rejected the Italian proposal for a ceasefire. Italy continues to provide political support to the government of Fayez al-Sarraj in the international arena, regarding the LNA leadership's actions as contrary to UN decisions.
In the nearest future Khalifa Haftar is expected to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris with a request for assistance in condemning the ongoing Turkish intervention in the internal political conflict in Libya within the UN. France is loyal to Haftar and supports the Libyan army's actions aimed to eliminate the armed groups of Islamic radicals.
Military actions are underway in Libya. The fighting in Tripoli assumed a positional character: the troops seek to minimize the destruction of the city and carry out the mission of killing as many militants as possible. The main clashes are taking place in the capital's eastern and southern parts.
Fierce fighting between the Libyan army and the Muslim Brotherhood troops continues on the southern outskirts of the Tripoli international airport. The sides are actively using field branch and missile artillery weapons. The resisting militants occupy positions inside sustained protected facilities of the former air base, in the territory of which there is a number of warehouses with ammunition and other military equipment.
At the same time, according to Fayez al-Sarraj, GNA-loyal units of Muslim police suffered heavy losses during the 45 days of resistance in the area and Tripoli proper. Al-Sarraj has once again approached Haftar with a proposal to end the resistance in Tripoli in exchange for an unhindered evacuation of his supporters from Tripoli provided that the command of the Libyan army refuses to attack the city of Misrata.
Marshal Khalifa Haftar rejected this proposal out of hand, demanding that Fayez al-Sarraj unconditionally surrender all the illegal armed groups throughout the country. He stressed that after the capture of Tripoli his troops will attack the last major terrorist stronghold – the city of Misrata.
Here, according to LNA intelligence, there are up to 15 thousand Islamic militants, more than seven thousand of whom were part of ISIS formations in Iraq and Syria. These units are composed of well-trained and armed detachments of radical daredevils, many being on the international wanted list for war crimes.