LNA forces loyal to Haftar claim they killed 16 Turkish soldiers in recent weeks of fighting. This is, according to Reuters News Agency, only a day after Turkey "acknowledged it had lost several 'martyrs' in the ongoing Libyan conflict.
A spokesman for Haftar's LNA said that the Turkish troops were killed in the GNA stronghold of Misrata, as well as in the fighting in Tripoli and in al-Falah, to the south.
For the first time, Turkish president Erdogan acknowledged Turkey's military role and that it sent Syrian militias to Libya: "we are there with our soldiers and our teams from the Syrian National Army. We continue the struggle there. We have several martyrs. In return, however, we neutralised nearly a hundred (of Haftar's) legionaries."
In addition to the 16 Turkish soldiers reportedly killed, Sky News Arabia TV reports another 100 Syrian mercenaries killed so far in Tripoli.