The Defense Ministry of the Government of National Unity (GNU) claimed in a statement on Thursday responsibility for the air strikes that targeted a number of locations in the city of Al-Zawiya.
The statement said that the strikes hit dens of drug dealers, human traffickers, and fuel smugglers in Al-Zawiya, adding that the raids were part of a military operation aimed at cleansing the west coast from crimes and upon instructions from the Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.
The Defense Ministry called on all residents to fully cooperate with the military forces of the General Staff of the Libyan Army so they can continue to achieve the targets of the operation successfully.
In the meantime, the member of the House of Representatives for Al-Zawiya, Ali Buzariba, accused Turkish drones of being the ones that carried out the strikes on the locations in Al-Zawiya, without giving any further details.
The spokesman for the GNU, Mohammed Hammouda, also announced the government’s responsibility for the air strikes, saying they were part of a large-scale security operation by the GNU in western Libya, including Al-Zawiya.