French Frigate intercepted a Turkish ship carrying weapons to Libya
Local media reported that the French frigate Provence, as part of Operation Marine Guard, forced a Turkish cargo ship to change course after it switched off its transporter, thus raising suspicions of the French navy. The French frigate has intercepted the Turkish ship transporting anti-aircraft missile systems for Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA). Russian new agency RIA Novosti also confirmed that this ship intercepted by the French navy is the same ship “ANA” raising the Albanian flag when survived the bombing of Tripoli Port, which killed three Turkish officers while it was transporting a shipment of military equipment to Libya from Istanbul Port. The company that owns the ship changed its name from “ANA” to “PRAY” and was already on its way to western Libya raising the flag of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Turkey systematically violated the arms embargo imposed on Libya and seems that this ship was transporting anti-aircraft missile systems for the GNA in Tripoli to replace the systems previously destroyed in Misrata airport by the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Feld Marshall Khalifa Haftar. Turkey is the main sponsor of Libya’s GNA, and its earlier shipments of armoured vehicles and drones have helped the Tripoli gangs fighting the LNA with the support of groups of terrorists brought from Syria by the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of international terrorist movement Muslim Brotherhood. It’s clear that Erdogan escalated tension in the North-African country by interfering in the Libyan crisis as showed the BBC earlier this month reporting Turkey sent arms to Libya and violated a United Nations arms embargo on the war-torn country, citing satellite images and footages obtained by its investigation team.