Russian-made cargo planes delivered arms to Libyan forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, while Syria sent two planeloads of soldiers to the country.
(African Stand) — The Libyan army on Sunday said Russian-made cargo planes made new military shipments to the forces loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, General Abdulhadi Dirah, the spokesman for the army’s Sirte-Jufra Joint Operations Unit, said that carrying military ammunition, Ilyushin-type planes conducted five flights to Sirte and Jufra provinces on Saturday.
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Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011. The government was founded in 2015 under an UN-led agreement, but efforts for a long-term political settlement failed due to a military offensive by forces loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar.
The UN recognizes the government headed by al-Sarraj as the country’s legitimate authority, as it has battled warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militias – with the support of Saudi Arabia, Russia, Egypt, the UAE, and France – since April 2019 in a conflict that has taken more than 1,000 lives.