Libya, April 2020

YouTube channel of the information Bureau of the General command of the LDF

Khalifa Haftar

YouTube channel of the information Bureau of the General command of the LDF

Loyal to Libyan national consensus government (NTC) forces claim that from 1500 to 1600 fighters PMC “Wagner”, fighting on the side of the Libyan national army (LNA) Khalifa Haftorah, taken from the front line in Tripoli to the airport of Beni Walid. It is reported by Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star.

“Military cargo plane An-32 landed at the airport of Beni Walid, to resume the evacuation, departed from the South of Tripoli mercenaries “Wagner” is that is not fully confirmed place”, – quotes the edition of his interlocutors.

According to them, the previous day landed at the airport seven cargo planes that brought weapons and ammunition and took the fighters, “Interfax”.

The Anadolu Agency said the representative of the command headquarters of the government forces of Libya, Colonel Mohammed Kununu. According to him, along with Russian mercenaries from the area of Tripoli withdrawn heavy weapons and ammunition.

The Agency recalled that on 18 may, government forces captured the strategically important air base, “al-Watya”, which for many years served as a springboard for attacks on Tripoli. Now they move to the city of Tarragon, which the Haftarot were used as logistical supply centre for an attack on Tripoli. The counter-offensive of the NTC, forced the Haftarot to shift to the Tarragon part of his forces from Tripoli.

In Libya after the overthrow of the Jamahiriya of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi acts recognized by the UN national consensus government in Tripoli and the Eastern government, which supported the field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

25 April 2019 Haftar announced the withdrawal from the agreement on the peaceful settlement of the conflict and the formation of the NTC, signed on 17 December 2015. Also Haftar said the Libyan national army takes over the management of all controlled territories. From April 2019 to his army began the assault on the Libyan capital, but the offensive petered out on the outskirts of the city.

According to media reports, the Haftarot supported by Russia, France, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt. On the side of the government in Tripoli, in turn, are Turkey, Qatar and Italy. In may it became aware of the report of the UN observers that in Libya there are about 1,200 mercenaries from the PMC “Wagner”, including citizens of Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine.

At the end of April 2020, the Minister of the NTC of Libya Fathi Basaga accused vagnerova in the use of chemical weapons in the country.

Moscow denies the state’s involvement in the Libyan conflict. President Vladimir Putin in January noted that if in Libya and are Russian citizens, they are not there to Russia and does not Express its interests.