Turkey says Haftar’s forces will be legitimate target if they continue attacks on its Libya interests
Turkey is going to consider elements of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar as a legitimate target if the country’s interests in Libya are targeted, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
Haftar’s attacks which targeted diplomatic missions, including the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli, the Mitiga Airport, civilian airplanes preparing to take off, and other civilian infrastructure constituted a war crime, the ministry said in a statement.
Underlining that Haftar’s militia indiscriminately increased its attacks, particularly in the capital Tripoli, the ministry said it is unacceptable for the UN to remain inactive in the face of atrocity in the country.
The countries which provide military, financial and political support to Haftar are also responsible for the cruelty and instability in the country, it added.
It stressed Turkey will continue to support the legitimate government and its institutions in Libya.
On Saturday, at least four civilians were killed in rocket attacks by Haftar’s forces on the Mitiga International Airport in the capital Tripoli and surrounding areas of Souq Al-Jumua, Bab Benghashir and Abu Salim.
Saturday’s attacks came hours after the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Tripoli, saying the attacks “may amount to war crimes.”