Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) discovered and seized Russian made Mi-17 helicopter that made an emergency landing near the city of Sirte.
“A Russian made Mi-17 helicopter abandoned by the Haftar militias after an emergency landing was discovered and seized by the GNA in West Sirte,” the Clash Report tweeted.
It’s was not stated when the Libyan National Army (GNA), who is led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, abandoned the chopper; however, it was likely during the GNA’s large-scale counter-offensive west of Sirte.
Local sources reported that Libya’s eastern-based military leader Khalifa Haftar Mi-17 helicopter made an emergency landing after a technical malfunction.
The helicopter was discovered by the Turkish surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Libyan government is fighting an insurgency by rebel forces under Gen Khalifa Haftar, based in eastern Libya and Turkey extends its support to the Libyan government.
The city of Sirte is currently under the control of the Libyan National Army; they captured the area during their surprise offensive in north-central Libya at the start of new year.