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French military source: Turkey spotted escorting military equipment to Libya

French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle spotted a Turkish frigate escorting a cargo ship delivering armored vehicles to the Libyan capital Tripoli in defiance of a UN embargo, a French military source told media on Thursday. The cargo ship Bana docked in Tripoli port on Wednesday, said the source, who asked not to be named.

The denouncement practically confirms media reports a day earlier about two frigates of turkey’s Navy escorting cargo ships with military equipment to Libya.

According to the Marine Traffic specialist website, the vessel was recorded Thursday off the coast of Sicily.

Libyan broadcaster “218TV” as well as media sources close to General Haftar posted videos an dpictures from the military equipment Ankara has sent to Tripolis.

The claim came a day after President Emmanuel Macron angered Turkey by accusing his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan of failing “to keep his word” to end meddling in the north African country.

Specifically, Macron said Turkish ships had in recent days been seen taking ships laden with pro-Ankara Syrian mercenaries to Libya.

The UN Security Council has since February 2011 imposed an arms embargo on Libya, relating to the supply of arms and military equipment to and from the country.

UN envoy Ghassan Salame warned Thursday that moves to resupply the parties in the conflict “threaten to precipitate a new and much more dangerous conflagration.”

The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday blamed France for Libya’s instability, saying it was “no secret” that Paris had given “unconditional support” to Haftar with an eye on the country’s energy reserves.

Turkey was particularly angry as Macron made the above mentioned statement during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

sources also: alaraby, sigmalive

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