Spokesman of the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Armed Forces, Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to support 'crime and terrorism', as he was speaking at a press conference in Benghazi on Thursday.
Al-Mismari claimed that footage captured at Tripoli's seaport showed Turkish military vehicles, which had been transported into the Libyan capital and... Еще stationed into hangars. Additional footage allegedly shows a military training program on the use of the vehicles conducted by Turkish consultants inside the seaport, according to the spokesperson.
Speaking about the Turkish military presence in the country, al-Mismari said he estimated there were around 1,500 Turkish military personnel in the country, alongside members from other security companies, and claimed Turkey was preparing to transfer 2,500 members of special security forces and commandos to Libya.
The spokesperson also said this presence put the 'freedom and sovereignty' of the country in danger.
The press conference came on the same day Turkey warned against any attacks on its interests in Libya by Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA).
Ankara intensified its military support to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya in January, as the country remains stuck in a conflict between the Tripoli-based GNA forces and the LNA forces in eastern Libya.