UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Italy announced on Wednesday the crash of a Predator plane belonging to its air force on Libyan ground.
This came in a statement of the Italian Embassy in Tripoli, published on its official page on Twitter.
The embassy added that the plane was on a mission to support the operation “Safe Sea”, and that investigations are underway to confirm the causes of the accident, without further details.
The embassy statement did not say where the plane crashed, but social media pages close to the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, published pictures of the remains of the plane, which occurred in the market area Sunday, near the city of Tarhuna (90 km southeast of Tripoli).
Earlier on Wednesday, Mohamed Gannounu, spokesman for Operation Anger Volcano, which is part of the internationally-recognized Accord government, said that “preliminary information (received) about the downing of a Hifter plane in the vicinity of the market Sunday, Petrona.
He said the plane crashed while trying to target the capital Tripoli.
In contrast, pro-Haftar forces on social media said the plane belonged to the Wefaq government.
Media sources, citing a source from Hifter’s forces, said the wreckage of the crashed plane bore the slogan “Italian Air Force.”
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