PortandTerminal.com, February 18, 2020
TRIPOLI, LIBYA – Libyan National Army (LNA) forces in Libya say they’ve destroyed a Turkish ship loaded with weapons and ammunition that was docked in the Port of Tripoli on Tuesday.
This marks a significant escalation in violence in the ongoing crisis and chaos in Libya.
The LNA is led by warlord Khalifa Haftar seen pictured above. Haftar is a very powerful player in Libya, is based out of Benghazi and recently forced the closure of Libya’s ports and key oil fields to strengthen his hand while haggling over a truce with the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Libya.
United Nations Libya envoy Ghassan Salame also confirmed the attack amid months-long fighting between Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and the UN-backed Government of National Accord GNA).
Reuters reports that thick smoke could be seen billowing from the port area, though the LNA’s claim to have directly hit a Turkish ship remained unconfirmed.
The Libyan National Oil Corporation confirmed that it urgently evacuated all fuel tankers from the port of Tripoli, and stopped all unloading operations after shells fell meters away from a tanker loaded with explosive cooking gas that was unloading at the port.
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