The Egyptian army spokesman, Colonel Tamer Al-Rifai, said in a statement Thursday that the Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Mohamed Zaki, witnessed the main phase of the “Decisive 2020” exercise, which lasted for several days in the western strategic direction.
The spokesman pointed out that the main stage of the exercise included aerial exercises to “secure the actions of fighting the forces and provide air assistance for the purpose of eliminating mercenary elements from irregular armies, and to carry out shooting to target areas where those elements gathered, command centers, areas of accumulation and logistical support.”
In addition to “a number of helicopters justifying a thunderbolt company to carry out a raid on a command center discovered for mercenary elements and destroy it.”
According to the Egyptian army spokesman, training was carried out on “maneuvering, air combat and dealing with far-reaching targets, which require fueling in the air … and carrying out air defense and artillery fire.”
Besides the participation of forces from the branches of artillery, tanks, and air defense, as well as “implementation of strategic opening actions for land forces, special forces from parachutes and thunderbolts, and the implementation of a” successful “amphibious operation of forces on the coast in a border region on the western strategic direction.
Meanwhile, Turkish media said that the Turkish navy announced on Wednesday its intention to conduct naval exercises off several Libyan coasts, called “Naftex”.
The exercises, which will take place in the coming days, include massive “exercises” for the air and navy.
Recently, Turkish Defense Minister Khulsoy Akar visited the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where he was accompanied by Admiral Adnan Ozbal, commander of the Naval Forces.
This comes at a time when the crowd continues by the forces supporting the two parties to the conflict in Libya, while a cautious anticipation prevails over the outbreak of fighting, which has stopped temporarily at the seam in the city of Sirte (the center of the Libyan coast).
Earlier, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called for a ceasefire, warning at the same time that his country had international legitimacy to intervene in Libya. He cautioned against overcoming the forces of the Al-Wefaq government, which is supported by Turkey, what he called the Sirte-Jafra base, which is controlled by the forces of eastern Libya led by General Khalifa Hifter.
About a month ago, eastern Libya’s forces retreated from the capital, Tripoli, which they were seeking to control from the Al-Wefaq government, amid progress.