Russia transports 70 fighters of Haftar’s forces to Moscow for treatment

About 70 fighters of the Operation Dignity forces led by Khalifa Haftar were flown to Russia for medical treatment, as a first sign of the recent deals and strong ties between Moscow and Haftar.

A spokesperson for the self-styled Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya, Mohammed Ghanim, told AFP that the 70 fighters flew on a medical visit to Russia on Thursday onboard Russian planes taking off from Benina airport in Benghazi.

Ghanim indicated that said Russia has agreed to provide care for up to 500 wounded fighters, or more “as needed”

Emboldened by its military success in Syria, analysts believe Russia is increasingly turning its eyes to chaos-ridden Libya with support for Haftar, whose forces oppose Tripoli’s internationally backed government.

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