LNA shoots down Turkish combat drone near Tripoli

The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on July 21 that its air-defense units had shot down a Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) near the country’s capital, Tripoli.

“A Turkish drone was shot down over the area of Ain Zara [south of Tripoli],” the LNA’s press center said in a short press release.

Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs are known to be operating against LNA forces around Tripoli. However, the army has not presented any evidence confirming that any UCAV of that type was shot down.

Few hours before the LNA’s announcement, the Reuters news agency reported that eight LNA soldiers were killed near Tripoli’s city center in a Turkish UCAV airstrike.

The LNA resumed its advance towards Tripoli a day earlier and managed to capture the strategic Yarmouk camp from forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA). Army units are now less than 7km away from the capital’s southern districts.