Volcano of Rage Operation, a command force answering to UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), destroyed Thursday fuel and ammunition shipment en route for forces aligned with east-based rebel Gen. Khalifa Haftar, in Tripoli, Libya Observer reports.
A first shipment was shelled in Tininay area, in south Bani Walid, the media notes citing the command’s outlets.
The convoy made up of three trucks, according to the command was carrying ammunition, artillery rounds and Grad rockets.
Another airstrike hit three other trucks transporting fuel, in Nassma area in south Bani Walid at dawn. The operation killed at least one Russian mercenary working for Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary firm reportedly closed to Moscow and which backs Haftar.
In another development, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, the spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA), revealed that 20 Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike targeting a site of GNA militias in Misrata, reported Al Marsad news outlet.
Al-Mismari said that the LNA strikes targeted the flight operations room in the Air Force College in Misrata adding that 7 Turkish soldiers were targeted inside the operating room while the remaining 13 were killed in the Air College residence.
The LNA spokesperson also indicated, according to the news outlet, that the death toll of the Syrian mercenaries in Libya rose to 500 last week, pointing out that Fayez al-Sarraj’s militias are placing these mercenaries in the frontlines on most battlefronts, especially in eastern Misrata and the vicinity of the capital, Tripoli.
Haftar launched in April last year a military offensive to capture capital Tripoli from the GNA that he accused of being controlled by terrorists.
The operation met strong resistance from the GNA, which has managed to contain the rebel forces to the South of the city.
The two rival sides are backed by foreign countries. Russia, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and France have thrown their weight behind Haftar while Turkey, Qatar and Italy endorse the GNA.