BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 P.M.) – The state-owned Anadolu Agency confirmed the reports of a Libyan National Army (LNA) airstrike on the Al-Watiyah Airbase in western Libya last night.
The agency quoted a “source in the army who preferred not to be named,” saying that base “was bombed by unidentified warplanes yesterday,” after hearing its flight in the mountainous areas surrounding the base.
The Anadolu source pointed out that there were no casualties due to the bombing, and that the raids targeted “some of the facilities of the base, which were recently brought in to strengthen the base, including an air defense system.”
The source pointed out that this was the first time that the base was bombed since the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forces seized the installation on May 18th.
This comes against the backdrop of media reports that the Libyan National Army bombed the Al-Watiyah Airbase and destroyed air defense systems installed by Turkey there.”
LNA-affiliated media also reported several casualties among the military personnel there, including some Turkish intelligence officers that were allegedly embedded with the GNA forces there.
The airstrike on the Al-Watiyah Airbase came at the same time that the Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar, made an unannounced visit to Libya.