On July 1, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said that 6 Turkish citizens, who had been detained by the Libyan National Army (LNA), were released.
The interesting fact is that the Turkish side claimed that those released wanted to keep working rather than return to Turkey. Ankara described the released persons as crew members and denied that any military personnel were detained.
Earlier, the LNA called Turkish military assets in Libya “legitimate targets” accusing Ankara of supporting militias allied with the rival Government of National Accord (GNA). Turkey supplied pro-GNA forces with dozens of armoured vehicles and even used unmanned combat aerial vehicles to support GNA advances.
The LNA controls much of eastern and southern Libya. In April, the LNA launched an offensive to retake Tripoli from pro-GNA militias.