Ships evacuated after missile strike near Port of Tripoli

The Libya National Army (LNA) faction, which is based in the east of Libya, claimed on February 18th that they had attacked the Port of Tripoli, targeting a weapons depot.

The LNA, which is commanded by Khalifa Haftar, did not elaborate on the nature of the arms depot. It had said earlier that it had targeted a Turkish ship which had been delivering arms to the internationally recognized Libyan government, which is based in Tripoli, located in Libya’s northwest.

The LNA began a campaign in April 2019 to take Tripoli, since when the major gateway for food, fuel, wheat and other imports for the capital area has been engulfed in war. All ships, including fuel tankers were moved out of the port after Tuesday’s attack, two port officials said. Tripoli-based forces said the LNA had fired four missiles.