Libya’s GNA says it’s concentrating on Haftar’s retreating forces


Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) has launched air strikes in opposition to renegade army commander Khalifa Haftar ’s Libyan National Army (LNA), after his forces introduced they had been retreating from the capital, Tripoli.

Military spokesman Mohamed Gnunu mentioned that air strikes by the GNA focused a number of places within the west of the nation, together with within the Haftar stronghold of Tarhouna near Tripoli.

Since 2014, Libya has been divided between the 2 rival factions. The Tripoli-based GNA is backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, and the GNA is supported by Turkey and allied Syrian fighters.

The escalation in violence comes after Haftar launched an offensive to seize Tripoli in April final 12 months. On Monday, the GNA captured the strategic al-Watiya airbase from the LNA.

Turkish media reported Thursday that the GNA carried out 5 air operations in opposition to forces loyal to Haftar previously 24 hours. On Wednesday, the LNA introduced it was withdrawing two to a few kilometres to ease situations for Tripoli residents on the finish of the Muslim vacation Ramadan. The UAE and Russia final week issued separate requires a ceasefire and political resolution to the battle.

The LNA nonetheless holds all of jap Libya and far of the south, together with most oil amenities. However, Turkish drones and air defences seem to have performed a key function in GNA advances in current weeks. Ankara’s defence minister Hulusi Akar on Wednesday mentioned that because of Turkish coaching and recommendation, “the balance in Libya changed significantly”.