The pilot of the plane shot down by the Libyan National Army (LNA) at Tripoli on Tuesday was taken prisoner. This was reported by the TV channel Al Mayadeen. According to the TV station, “he is a European.” The War Journal telegram channel, in turn, clarifies that the pilot has Portuguese citizenship.
Earlier it was reported that in the area of El-Hira, to the south of the Libyan capital, the Mirage F1 fighter belonging to the forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (PNS) FaizSaraj was shot down. According to the Telegram channel War Journal, the pilot has Portuguese citizenship.
The LNA press service on the Facebook page confirmed the fact of the destruction of the plane that “tried to strike at the army’s positions” and distributed photos of the captured “mercenary pilot”. In addition, a video of interrogation of a pilot appeared on the network, who, answering questions, said that his name was “Jimmy Ellis”, that he was “from Portugal” and he was 29 years old. The LNA also reported that the prisoner flew the plane taking off from the city of Misurata, located 200 km east of the capital of the country and controlled by loyal PNS forces.
The commander of the operational headquarters of the Western District under the LNA, Major General Abdel Salam al-Hasi, indicated that the pilot had received medical care and that he was safe.