Libya’s parliament announces state of general mobilization

Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Aguila Saleh announced the state of general mobilization in Libya late Sunday.

The decision comes on the backdrop of escalation against Turkey, after the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) issued orders to target Turkish sites in Libya.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the parliament Yousef al-Akouri said the House of Representatives, based in eastern Libya, is still a strong supporter of the military, adding that this support has been a “constant” since the army declared war on terrorist groups in Benghazi, Derna and  then all of Libya.

Earlier, Turkey threatened forces of LNA head Khalifa Haftar to become a “legitimate target” if he does not immediately release six Turks detained in eastern Libya.

On Friday, Haftar’s forces stated they would attack Turkish targets because of the weapons, and allegedly military staff, that Ankara sends to militia allied to the Government of National Accord. 

However, spokesperson for the LNA Ahmed al-Mismari denied that they were holding any Turkish citizen.

Meanwhile, the security department in Ajdabiya, eastern Libya, said it would release two Turks after being “mistakenly detained” for questioning.

For its part, the Military Information Division revealed Sunday that the LNA Air Force destroyed a Turkish aircraft at takeoff at the military section of Tripoli Mitiga International Airport.


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