Libyan Army shoots down warplane for Haftar's forces, pilot detained

Libyan Army shoots down warplane for Haftar's forces, pilot detained

December 07, 2019 - 21:43
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The forces of Volcano of Rage Operation under the Libyan Presidential Council government's command have downed a MIG23 for Khalifa Haftar's forces in southern Tripoli and have captured the pilot.

The operation's media office said on Facebook that the MIG23 was shot on Yarmouk Camp frontline in southern Tripoli, adding that the pilot Amer Al-Jagam was captured after he had ejected himself.

Social media activists circulated footage and photos for the aircraft burning in Al-Zawiya and the pilot being captured.

Sources said that the co-pilot Younis Al-Dinali was killed in the downing of the warplane as he failed to eject himself.

Senior leader Al-Taher bin Ghariba told reporters that Volcano of Rage Operation forces had shot downed two aircraft not one on Saturday; one fell in Al-Zawiya and the other was shot in Yarmouk Camp frontline and fell somewhere under Haftar's control in southern Tripoli.

Southern Tripoli frontlines saw heavy clashes Saturday morning as Libyan Army carried out attacks under air cover on Yarmouk Camp and Khallatat frontlines to regain positions lost over the last days, when Haftar's forces gained some advances that experts attributed to the sophisticated Russian mercenaries fighting for them and using high-quality weapons.