Turkey has begun overtly delivering heavily armoured vehicles to its allies in the Libyan capital Tripoli who have been under siege for two months by forces loyal to eastern leader Khalifa Haftar.
Earlier this month, militias fighting for the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) uploaded photos to their Facebook page showing dozens of Turkish-made Kirpi mine-resistant vehicles at Tripoli port.
While Ankara had previously sent several shipments of arms and ammunitions to the GNA and its militias in recent years, this is the first known delivery of large military hardware to anti-Haftar forces.
The Kirpi can carry 13 men – 10 troops in the back, along with a driver, commander and gunner – and can be fitted with a heavy machine gun. These large armoured vehicles would likely hold their ground against the Toyota technicals Haftar’s forces use but would be less likely to hold out against his T-54/55 tanks.
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