The Spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, announced that units in the Sebha Military Zone have foiled an attempt by subversive elements to control the oil fields in southern Libya.
In a press conference, Al-Mismari added that LNA forces managed to regain control of the situation and expel the attackers out of the city.
Al-Mismari claimed that these groups had received their orders directly from Turkish intelligence. He added that Ankara was leading operations in support of the Muslim Brotherhood and extremist groups in the area to destabilize the security and stability of the country.
The spokesman noted that the Sebha region is in a state of high alert, following clashes with mercenaries belonging to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).
He stressed that LNA forces were “vigilant against any attempt by armed groups and mercenaries to control Libyan lands,” thus underlining the importance of joining hands to secure the country’s independence.
On Monday, Major General Khaled Al-Mahjoub, the Director of the Moral Guidance Department in the LNA, revealed that there were attempts to transport mercenaries in southern Libya. He explained that LNA forces had directed “forceful strikes” on extremist groups in the city of Sebha.
Al-Mahjoub confirmed that Turkey has an interest in the continuing instability in Libya. Ankara continues to escalate its involvement in the Libyan conflict by supporting the GNA, despite Turkey participating and agreeing to the results of the Berlin Conference held last January. Participating states in that conference agreed to uphold the UN arms embargo and end their interference in the Libyan crisis.