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Libya: LNA Prepares to Push into Tripoli


Ahmed Agour

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 13:43 GMT

The air force of the Libyan National Army (LNA) has successfully destroyed several operation centres used by militias loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) in the Yarmouk axis, Commander of Operations in the western region General Mabrouk Al-Ghazwi said on Thursday October 24th.

Bombers also targeted an interceptor Mig-25 parked at Mitiga Airport that was going to be deployed against Libyan fighter jets, according to LNA’s Karama Operations Room. Turkish personnel oversaw the maintenance of the interceptor fighting plane.

Libyan MPs have said that Turkey’s interference in the Libyan conflict is exacerbating the situation.

The LNA is now in control of most areas surrounding Tripoli, which is experiencing a fragile state of calm at present, said Brigadier General Khalid al-Mahgoub Director of the Department of Moral Guidance, He added that Libyan forces had been able to seize several positions from GNA militias.

“We expect major developments,” he said.

Sources in the Libyan military revealed that once the fortification of areas under the army’s control were complete and locations adjacent to the southern regions were cleared, Libyan forces would begin advancing inside Tripoli. In the meantime, the air force continues to target militias active on the ground following the elimination of their weapon caches and operations rooms.

The conflict is not political, according to Libyan army spokesperson General Ahmed Al-Mesmari. The army is fighting terrorists in Tripoli who understand nothing but “the gun and the stick.”

He said Libyan fighter jets were providing air cover for the advancing ground forces in the Al-Kasarat areas just before Al-Zawya, Al-Azizia bridge, and Al-Sawani in southwestern Tripoli, and for forces in the Al-Quraboly and Salahuldin areas east of the capital.

Terrorists who were shelling army personnel and civilians from Mashro Al-Moz were killed by Libya’s air force without any civilian casualties, Mesmari said.

He accused Fayez Al-Sarraj of funding terrorists to keep the LNA out of Tripoli.

The GNA is not just up against the LNA, President of the Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh has called on the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to reconsider the continuation and the legitimacy of the GNA’s Presidential Council of Libya and its head Al-Sarraj.

Saleh said the entity has no constitutional or legal basis, as the period allocated to it in the political agreement and constitutional declaration ended in 2015. He also condemned the fact that Al-Sarraj is unilaterally making decisions and issuing decrees, which violate the political accord agreed by the Presidential Council of Libya.