Turkey deems Haftar's forces legitimate target if attacks on its interests in Libya continue

Turkey deems Haftar's forces legitimate target if attacks on its interests in Libya continue

May 10, 2020 - 18:07
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Sunday that the deadly attacks by "putschist Khalifa Haftar" on diplomatic missions in Libya and on Mitiga Airport constitute war crimes.

The Foreign Ministry added in a statement that Turkey will consider Haftar elements as legitimate targets if the country’s interests in Libya are targeted, referring to Haftar's forces attacks on Zawiyet Al-Dahmani and Shatt Road, near the embassy of Turkey in Tripoli.

"The attacks on Tripoli's Mitiga airport early on Saturday, part of an intensified barrage of artillery fire on the capital, were war crimes. It is unacceptable that the United Nations is not taking any actions against this brutality". The statement reads.

It adds that Ankara will continue to support the legitimate government of Libya; Government of National Accord, and its institutions.

The statement also explained that the countries which provide military, financial and political support to Haftar were also responsible for the cruelty and instability in Libya.

Haftar's indiscriminate shelling caused shock waves and panic all across Tripoli on Saturday as it targeted the city's Mitiga Airport and surrounding neighborhoods with over 100 Grad rockets, killing four people and injuring over a dozen.

The attacks have been condemned by the UNSMIL, which said such a behavior by Haftar's forces has become familiar but horrific, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, yet failing to name Haftar as the shot caller for such an atrocity.

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