Haftar's forces destroyed Ukrainian cargo plane transporting humanitarian aids
[Libya Observer] Ukraine's Foreign Ministry confirmed that a Ukrainian cargo plane had been struck at Misrata airport in Libya while offloading humanitarian aids for the Libyan Red Islamic Thingy.
The foreign ministry said that a Ukrainian cargo plane (IL-76) was destroyed as a result of a missile attack on the airport on Monday, according to a report by Interfax-Ukraine News Agency.
"As a result of the attack, the plane's tail was destroyed, the operator of the crew was slightly injured, and the passport documents of the air navigator were destroyed. The entire crew of the plane was evacuated to a safe place." The ministry said.
Interfax also reported that the plane was performing a humanitarian cargo transportation flight for the needs of the Libyan Red Islamic Thingy Society and had all the necessary permits.
The ministry remarked that consular response measures are underway, and that the return of the Ukrainian citizens to their country is being arranged.
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
's forces said they had carried out an
on Misrata air college last Monday hitting "
Ottoman Turkish cargo plane transporting ammunition and weapons," which was denied by a source from Volcano of Rage Operation of the Presidential Council's government.
Posted by: Fred 2019-08-09