TRIPOLI: Two Turkish warships carrying army personnel and weapons have reached in Libya on Thursday aimed to help out government.
Weeks after the Turkish government announced plans to send various forces to Libya to support that country’s internationally recognized government, there are now indications that those deployments are well underway. Two Turkish Navy Gabya class frigates have appeared off the coast of Tripoli, the official Libyan capital, and there are reports emerging now that Turkish troops and heavy armour are arriving in that city, too.
Pictures showing the two warships sailing together near Tripoli first emerged online on Jan. 28, 2020. Unconfirmed reports about the arrival of Turkish forces began to appear on social media hours later. On Jan. 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said in a televised interview that an unspecified number of Turkish troops would be heading to Libya soon and, the day after, revealed that members of the country’s National Intelligence Organization, also referred to by the Turkish acronym MIT, were already in the country.