Libya: Haftar's forces release six Turkish detainees after Ankara's tough talk

Libya: Haftar's forces release six Turkish detainees after Ankara's tough talk

July 01, 2019 - 21:29
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Khalifa Haftar's forces have released six Turkish citizens whom they on Sunday as per orders by Haftar's general command to arrest Turkish nationals and attack Turkish interests in Libya.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday afternoon the release of the six Turks.

On Sunday, Turkey made clear threats to Haftar that it would consider his forces a legitimate target for the Turkish Army if the Turks weren't released.

This was followed by a denial of the detention of the Turks by the spokesman for Haftar's forces Ahmed Al-Mismari, saying it that was true, it would be an individual act.

The tension started when Haftar's spokesman announced that their forces had been ordered by Haftar to target Turkish airplanes and ships entering Libya or any other Turkish interests in the country, including nationals.

Following the orders, many shops and restaurants with Turkish names or selling Turkish goods or food were raided and damaged by security forces in eastern Libya.

According to sources in Benghazi, businessmen lost a lot of money to damages done by raids or robberies of their Turkish brands' shops and stores.

Tobruk-based House of Representatives' Audit Bureau said Monday that it had stopped the letter of credit - 78 million dollars - granted to a Turkish company that would be doing an entertainment project.

The head of the bureau called on Sunday on all relevant authorities not to deal with Turkish companies, including a halt of imports.

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