A Russian-made MiG-29 fighter aircraft has been spotted at the Al Jufra Airbase located 9 kilometers northeast of the town of Hun in the Jufra District of Libya on May 19.
The satellite image of the fighter jet on the taxiway of the airbase was shared on Twitter by Brian Castner, a Weapons Investigator on Amnesty International’s Crisis Team. To whom the jet belongs to is not known, but is likey Russian.
— Brian Castner (@Brian_Castner) May 21, 2020
The Al Jufra Airbase is controlled by forces aligned with General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) based in Benghazi. The LNA is locked in a civil war with the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli.
GNA’s Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha has earlier said that Russia had sent at least six Soviet-made Mig-29 and two Su-24s to Haftar’s forces. They were delivered from Russia’s Hmeimim Air Base in Syria and were reportedly escorted by two Russian Su-35 fighter jets.
Turkey is backing GNA while Haftar is supported by Russia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Egypt.