A US drone introduced down over the Libyan capital final week was shot down by chance, a Libyan official stated.
The US navy stated it misplaced contact with the unmanned aerial car whereas it was conducting a safety evaluation and monitoring exercise over Tripoli.
A senior official within the Libyan Nationwide Military (LNA) of eastern-based navy commander Khalifa Haftar advised The Related Press the drone was mistaken for a Turkish UAV deployed by the UN-recognised Authorities of Nationwide Accord (GNA).
The official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, stated the LNA apologised for taking pictures down the American drone and “agreed with the Individuals to coordinate their operations over Tripoli and its surrounding areas to keep away from comparable incidents sooner or later”.
The Tripoli-based GNA acquired a variety of Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones whereas the UAE – which helps Haftar alongside Egypt, Saudi Arabia and France – has equipped the navy commander with Chinese language Wing Loongs.
Haftar has since April four waged a months-long offensive towards the GNA, which he accuses of harbouring “terrorist” parts.
Libya, a significant oil producer, was plunged into chaos when a NATO-backed rebellion toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011.
It’s now break up between two rival administrations: the GNA led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, and the Haftar-allied Home of Representatives.
On Saturday, the LNA imposed a “no-fly zone” over Tripoli saying all flights over the capital and close by…