On Tuesday, the spokesman for Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, announced that the LNA forces seized a Turkish ship under a Jamaican flag heading to the port of Misrata in western Libya.
In a statement, Al-Mismari added that the commercial cargo ship, Mabrouka, had 17 crew, including nine Turkish nationals, and containers that had not yet been inspected. LNA naval forces stopped it near the eastern port of Derna.
Earlier, the LNA accused Turkey of transferring weapons and mercenaries to the Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA).
The GNA and LNA have signed a ceasefire agreement in October, under the auspices of the United Nation. The two sides have agreed to hold national elections in December 2020.
The LNA spokesman expressed his severe concern over Turkey’s continued transfer of military equipment, mercenaries, and terrorists from other countries to Libya, noting that Turkish president Erdogan does not want peace and seeks to violate the ceasefire in the country.
The European Union has asked Turkey many times to stop deploying mercenaries in Libya.