Turkey to pursue case of vessel shelled off Libyan coast

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says government will monitor and pursue a legal case regarding shelling of the Turkish cargo vessel off the Libyan coast

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack on the Turkish cargo vessel and said the Turkish government will be monitoring after its rights and pursue a legal case about the attack on the cargo ship.

The incident was confirmed on Monday by Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Turkish dry cargo vessel named Tuna-1 chartered to the Cook Islands, in international waters 13 miles (21 km) off the Tobruk coast, by forces loyal to General Khalifa Hafter’s rival Tobruk government.

"We are following this issue especially with our foreign ministry, with our rights reserved," Erdogan said. "We will pursue the issue without saying 'whatever happens' and hopefully we will reveal the perpetrators of this attack."

Forces loyal to Libya’s rival House of Representatives (HoR) assembly led by General Hafter first shelled, then, conducted air strikes on Tuna-1 - which was attempting to leave the area on Sunday - killing the third officer aboard the vessel. The vessel also reported that some crew members were wounded in the attack.

Ministry also informed that Ilker Buyukdere was killed and other crew members were wounded and the vessel was carrying a drywall cargo from Spain, describing the attack as “barbaric.” 

Erdogan also called on Libyan officials to find the perpetrators as well.

The ship arrived at Fethiye Port in Turkey’s southwestern Mugla province late Tuesday.

TRTWorld and agencies