The media office of the 134th Battalion Protection of Al-Watiyah, in a statement, said that the Libyan army forces had managed to expel the Turkish-backed mercenaries from Taqat al-Aqrabiya, in addition to destroying the mobile launching pads of "Grad missile" type, which were brought in recently by the mercenaries to bomb the Al-Wataya base.
The office pointed out that the Libyan armed forces seized many weapons and military equipment from the mercenaries, after they had fled and left it on the confrontation site, according to Sky News.
Earlier, the air defenses of the army shot down a Turkish airliner after it was spotted in the sky of the Al-Wattiya air base.
The director of the Moral Guidance Department in the Libyan army, Khaled Al Mahjoub, confirmed that the army clashed with members of the Tripoli forces and mercenaries who tried to advance towards the base, and managed to capture 9 of them.
The forces affiliated with the Tripoli government are receiving significant Turkish military support, in addition to that, Ankara is sending thousands of mercenaries to the Libyan capital in order to fight alongside the Tripoli government.
In the same context, the number of mercenaries who have reached Libyan territory so far has reached 8,950 mercenaries, while the number of mercenaries who have arrived in Turkish camps to receive training has reached approximately 3,300 mercenaries, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Of note, there are about 150 children between the ages of 16 and 18 in the ranks of the mercenaries, the majority of whom are "Sultan Murad" mercenaries, who were recruited to fight in Libya through a process of financial temptation to fully exploit the difficult living situation and poverty situations.