Military forces from Britain, US and Russia have arrived in Libya to support the new UN-backed government, London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported on Saturday, adding a French one is to follow soon.

The newspaper said foreign troops made up of dozens of soldiers and officers landed at Jamal Abdel Nasser military base south of Tobruk. Eyewitnesses said the number of foreign military personnel arrived at the base has reached 500, while a military source indicated that the number does not exceed a dozen of officers who came to give consultations to the army.

Meanwhile, Press Solidarity reported that a plane carrying military experts from France arrived in the city of Tobruk on Saturday, saying the reason behind their visit was not known.

In December, a group of US commandos landed in Al-Watiya airbase in western Libya, but they had to leave the airbase hours after their arrival to avoid a clash with a Zintani brigade.