February 28, 2024

An attack on the Wagner Group base with drones in eastern Libya

This video is taken from a video posted on May 5, 2023 to the Telegram account of the press service of Concord—a company linked to the head of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin—showing Yevgeny Prigozhin approaching a high-ranking Russian military man standing in front of Wagner’s gladiators in place. unpublished

Drones of unknown origin attacked, on the night of Thursday 29, Friday, an air base in the east of the republic Libya Where there were mercenaries from the Russian paramilitary group WagnerA military source said there were no casualties. The source, who asked not to be named, told AFP that drones “of unknown origin struck the Al-Sharoba air base, located 150 km southeast of Benghazi (east), where members of the Wagner Group are present.” “The attacks did not result in casualties,” he added. Libya is a country mired in a deep political crisis since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, weakened by divisions between east and west and foreign interference. Between 2019 and 2020, Khalifa Haftar, the ‘de facto’ leader of eastern Libya, turned to fighters from other countries and mercenaries from the Wagner Group in his attempt to take control of the capital, Tripoli. After that, hundreds of members of the Russian paramilitary group remained active in eastern and southern Libya.

* With information from AFP