Turkey smuggles Syria-based militants from Al-Nusra Front and ISIL to Libya via Tunisia, the Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman told Egypt’s El-Watan newspaper on Wednesday.
In this week’s interview, Aref Ali Nayed, an envoy for the eastern Libyan government, said that he possessed “credible” information that militants from the aforementioned terrorist groups were being shipped to Libya via the port city of Misrata to fight the LNA.
“Certainly, militants of ISIL and Al-Nusra Front were smuggled from Syria with the mediation of Turkish intelligence. A large number of militants. This is a very serious issue because one of Tunisian airports is used – the airport [on the island of] Djerba, where the landing of terrorist groups in Tunisia takes place. They are shipped to Libya via Jabal al Gharbi [the mountainous districts in northwestern Libya]”, Ahmed Mismari said.
According to the LNA spokesman, the Libyan airports of Misrata, Zuwara, and Mitiga have received a large number of ISIL and Al-Nusra Front terrorists.
Libya has been split between two rival governments since 2011 when its long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed, with Khalifa Haftar’s LNA controlling the east and the Government of National Accord (GNA) controlling the country’s west.