Libyan forces in the country’s east say they have seized a ship with Turkish crew members amid tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over a contentious maritime border deal between Ankara and rival Libyan groups.
Turkey has promised enhanced military support to Libya’s U.N.-supported government, based in Tripoli.
In Libya’s protracted conflict, the UN-backed administration is a bitter rival to the east-based one. Libya is divided between the two sides, each supported by an array of militias and foreign governments.
In a statement, the self-styled Libyan National Army — which backs the east-based administration — said a vessel flying a Grenada flag with several Turkish crew members had been forcibly taken into a Libyan port for inspection. However, it remained unclear if the move was indeed a seizure.