Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar’s forces said they destroyed a Russian-made transport plane carrying arms for their rivals in the west, like reported by bnnbloomberg.ca.
Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging a months-long offensive to take the capital, said it destroyed an Ilyushin 76 plane with a single strike and warned “foreign countries” of arming its rivals, according to a statement published on the pro-LNA Marsad news site. The Libyan conflict has drawn increasing foreign intervention, with Turkey supporting the Tripoli-based government against Haftar, who’s backed by Egypt and the U.A.E.
The night-time attack in the city of Misrata came days after Tripoli said it conducted strikes on Haftar’s main forward air base in Jufra, destroying two Ilyushin 76 planes operated by charter companies registered in Ukraine. The Ukrainian foreign ministry confirmed to Bloomberg that two IL-76 planes had been “shot” in Libya and a pilot was killed, in an apparent reference to the July 26 air raid on Jufra.
Both sides have limited military capabilities due to a United Nations arms embargo and rely on foreign attack drones to conduct such strikes. The Tripoli-based government is assisted by Bayraktar drones produced in Turkey and Haftar’s LNA is supported by Chinese-made and U.A.E.-operated Wing Loongs, officials have said.