Antonov military cargo plane picks up more Russian mercenaries from Libya’s Bani Walid

The Libyan Burkan Al-Ghadab Operation under the command of the Government of National Accord said Monday that an Antonov 32 military plane had arrived in Bani Walid Airport to transfer more Russian mercenaries who fled from Tripoli’s frontlines under rapid advances of GNA forces.

Burkan Al-Ghadab Operation said the destination of the military cargo plane was not identified, adding that in a separate incident, seven military cargo planes arrived in Bani Walid Airport on Sunday unloading military equipment and ammunition before transporting Russian mercenaries.

Burkan Al-Ghadab Operation added that the escaping Russian mercenaries who arrived in Bani Walid were between 1500 and 1600 fighters, all of whom were fighting for Haftar’s terrorist militias on south Tripoli frontlines.

The Russian mercenaries allied to Haftar’s terrorist militias retreated with their heavy equipment from the capital to the airport of Bani Walid, a town some 150 km southeast of Tripoli, according to Bani Walid’s mayor.

The mayor indicated that the Russian mercenaries were flown in three military planes to Al-Jufra, adding that their military vehicles were driven there.


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