Six Turkish sailors detained by Haftar in Libya arrive in Istanbul

Six Turks who have been detained by Haftar’s forces arrived in Istanbul. [Photo: Social Media]
Six Turkish sailors detained in Libya by forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar returned home Tuesday. 

On June 28, Haftar’s spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari announced a ban on commercial flights from Libya to Turkey and said Haftar had ordered his forces to attack Turkish ships and interests in the country.

Following the move, the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli said on its website that its citizens should avoid any steps that would jeopardize their security and safety in the regions under control of the illegal militia loyal to Haftar.

Also, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry urged Haftar’s militia to release the Turkish citizens they had detained, adding that otherwise, Haftar elements would become legitimate targets.

On July, 1, the sailors were released and returned to their ship.

Onur Cakir, Mehmet Yilmaz Odabasi, Eyup Eryilmaz, Necmettin Demirhan, Eren Cakir and Birol Kutlu flew from Libya’s capital Tripoli to Istanbul.

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