Libyan fighters threaten to target Turkish interests

CAIRO (AP) — The self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) said Turkish vessels and interests are “legitimate targets” after accusing Turkey of helping rival forces retake a strategic town near the capital, Tripoli.

LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mosmari said on Friday that Libyan territory had “come under illegitimate Turkish aggression” during the battle for Tripoli in recent weeks.

He said forces have been ordered to target any Turkish ships, strategic sites or companies operating in Libya or its territorial waters.

He said any Turkish nationals in Libya will be arrested.

The LNA, led by army commander Khalifa Hifter, controls much of the country’s east and south.

Armed groups loyal to the United Nations (UN)-supported government reclaimed earlier this week the town of Gharyan, about 100 kilometres from Tripoli, pushing back Hifter’s forces.