Libya’s GNA says it is targeting retreating Haftar forces

      Published on Thursday, 21 May , 2020      2096 Views     
Libya’s GNA says it is targeting retreating Haftar forces

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Libya’s internationally recognized government has launched airstrikes against forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar after his forces announced they were pulling back from Tripoli front lines

Airstrikes by the Government of National Accord (GNA) targeted several locations in the west of the country, including in the Haftar stronghold of Tarhouna near the capital, Tripoli, according to GNA army spokesman Colonel Mohamed Qanunu. In Tarhouna, two military vehicles and a vehicle carrying ammunition that belonged to Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) were destroyed, the spokesman said.

On Thursday, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said the GNA carried out five air operations against forces loyal to Haftar in the past 24 hours.

A day earlier, the LNA announced it was withdrawing two to three kilometers (1-2 miles) to ease conditions for Tripoli residents at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. The move followed the loss on Monday of a key airbase. Since 2014, Libya has been split between rival factions based in Tripoli and in the east, in a sometimes-chaotic war that has drawn in outside powers and a flood of foreign arms and mercenaries.

Backed by the United Arab Emirates, Russia, and Egypt, the LNA still holds all of eastern Libya and much of the south, including most oil facilities, but its presence in the northwest, where Libya’s population is concentrated, has come under intense pressure.

Category World News | 2020/05/21 latest update at 11:14 PM
Source : Al Jazeera | Photocredit : Al Jazeera
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