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Libyan Interior Minister: Russia sent fighters to “Haftar”

Libyan Minister of the Interior, Fathi Pashaga, revealed on Thursday that Russia has sent at least 8 fighters to the militia of General Khalifa Hifter.

In a statement to Bloomberg TV, Pashaga said that the Russian planes were sent from the Hameimim base in Syria and belonged to the Soviet era.

He explained that the fighters, including 6 of “Mig-29” and 2 of “Su-24”, had reached the Haftar militia, in eastern Libya.

There was no statement from the Russian side on the matter.

According to the Bloomberg report, the Haftar militia claimed that it would launch “the largest air operation in Libyan history against Turkish targets.”

The Libyan army announced the destruction of 6 Russian-made air defense systems, on Wednesday.

Within days, the Libyan army achieved a series of victories against the militia of Haftar, which continued to suffer heavy losses due to harsh strikes in all cities of the western coast to the borders with Tunisia, the strategic Al-Wattia base, and the cities of Badr and Tiji (northwest).

on Wednesday, the Libyan army targeted military sites and mechanisms for Haftar militias in the city of Tarhuna (90 km southeast of Tripoli) in preparation for its liberation.

Haftar militia continues to suffer heavy losses due to severe strikes on all cities of the western coast to the border with Tunisia, the strategic Al-Wattia base, and the cities of Badr and Tiji (northwest).

Libyan Interior Minister: Russia sent fighters to "Haftar"

The liberation of Al-Wattia base, Monday, is the second fall of a major operation room of the Haftar militia in the same area, after controlling the city of Gharyan in June.

Since April 4, 2019, Haftar militia has launched a faltering attack to control Tripoli, the government headquarters, in which it targeted residential neighborhoods and civilian sites, killing and injuring civilians, along with extensive damage.

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