US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Al-Arabia sources in Cairo reported that the forces of the Ankara-supported Government of National Accord (NCP) adhere to the military option. Moreover, according to their information, Turkish military engineers are currently located in the vicinity of the Libyan city of Sirte.
According to verified data, on Wednesday morning, the Libyan National Army (LNA) tracked down a Turkish reconnaissance drone, which shot from the air the position of the LNA near Sirte.
According to sources, Egypt has opened a direct line of communication with representatives of the Libyan National Army and the Libyan Parliament to monitor developments in Sirte in the framework of ensuring the country’s national security.
On Tuesday, July 14, official representative of the Libyan National Army Ahmed al-Mismari confirmed that in the coming hours there will be a major battle in the vicinity of Sirte and Al-Jufra. According to Al-Mismari, in the immediate vicinity of these two cities, large-scale movements of armed groups of the PNS and Turkish forces were observed.
For his part, Brigadier General Khaled al-Mahjub, head of the LNA Morale Administration, stated that Egypt has the right to intervene in the conflict to protect Egyptian and Libyan national security. In addition, he added that the geographic features of the Sirte and Al-Jufra regions require air support, and this, in turn, complicates the conduct of the military operation for the Turkish forces.
The situation worsened after the official representative of the armed forces of the PNS, Colonel Muhammad Kanunu, confirmed his intention to take control of the cities of Sirte and Al-Jufra. In a press statement, he said it was time to resume oil production. The Libyan Colonel said: “The time has come to strike at those who threaten the lives of Libyans. We are going to return the captured cities and extend the power of the PNS throughout the country.”
Green Light Egypt
The Libyan parliament allowed Egyptian armed forces to intervene in the conflict in the country in order to protect the national security of both states, emphasizing the importance of concerted efforts to defeat the “Turkish occupier.” The parliament in Tobruk, which sits in the east of the country, issued a statement: “The Egyptian armed forces have the right to intervene to protect Libyan and Egyptian national security if they see an imminent threat to the security of our two countries.”
It should be noted here that the PNS is well aware of the need to withdraw the Turkish army from Sirte and Al-Jufra, but recent events suggest the opposite.
Turkey, which became even more bogged down in the Libyan conflict after signing a memorandum on cooperation in the field of security and delimitation of maritime zones with the PNS last November, repeatedly called for control over this strategically important city to be able to introduce a ceasefire and return the parties to the conflict for negotiation table.
Meanwhile, Egypt announced that it would not hesitate to intervene in the Libyan conflict in order to protect its national security. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called Sirte the “red line” that the forces of the Government of National Accord should not cross. Moreover, he emphasized that Egypt would be forced to “intervene directly” if the city was exposed to any threat.
Strategically important position
The coastal city of Sirte, where the late colonel Muammar Gaddafi was born, and which later became the temporary refuge of ISIS, Occupies a strategic position, as it is located 300 kilometers from the European coast, and also about halfway between Tripoli ( in the west) and the city of Benghazi, the capital of Cyrenaica (in the east).
In January 2020, the Libyan National Army managed to take Sirte almost without a fight.
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