The Spokesman for the Sirte-Jufra Military Operations Room, Brigadier-General Abdel-Hadi Drah, confirmed the monitoring of five Russian military cargo planes landing over the past two days, taking off from Baninah Airport in Benghazi and landing at Qardabiya Airbase in Sirte and Jufra Airbase.

Drah added in a press release that his forces also detected two air cargo planes landing from Syria to Beninah Airport, whilst two further flights arrived at Al-Baraq Airport in Bayda, stressing that all aircraft presently active belong to the Russian state.

He continued by stating that this activity comes within the framework of Russian-Syrian state support for Haftar’s terrorist militia, as he put it.