Over 100 armed cars head towards Libya’s Bani Walid town: Reports

A member of Libya's GNA holds a weapon during a security deployment in Tarhunah, Libya. (File photo: Reuters)

More than 100 armed cars passed through the Libyan town of Tarhunah towards the town of Bani Walid, southwest of Tripoli, an Al Arabiya correspondent said on Saturday.

No further details have been provided yet.

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The latest development comes after it the US Defense Department’s inspector general concluded in a new report that Turkey sent between 3,500 and 3,800 paid Syrian fighters to Libya over the first three months of the year. The new report is the first to detail Turkish deployments that helped change the course of Libya’s war.

The report comes as the conflict in oil-rich Libya has escalated into a regional proxy war fueled by foreign powers pouring weapons and mercenaries into the country. The US military has grown increasingly concerned about Russia’s growing influence in Libya, where hundreds of Russian mercenaries backed a campaign to capture the capital, Tripoli, in the country’s west.

France, Italy and Germany also said on Saturday that they are "ready to consider" imposing sanctions on foreign powers that violate an arms embargo in Libya, a joint statement by the EU countries' leaders said Saturday.

(With inputs from the Associated Press and AFP)

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