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LNA Says its Battle in Tripoli is in ‘Final Stage’

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7Dnews London

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:30 GMT

The Libyan National Army (LNA) announced Wednesday December 11th that the military campaign launched in April to liberate the capital city of Tripoli from the armed militias is almost over.

"The battle to liberate Tripoli from armed militias is in its final stage," Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesman for the LNA, told Al-Ain News.

Al-Mismari said that military troops entered the main neighbourhoods in the capital Tripoli, adding that the advance of the army means that the Brotherhood has lost a bastion of material support through where they could threaten the security of Egypt.

He confirmed that the support of the Brotherhood in Libya was one of the key reasons for the signing by the head of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of two agreements with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on security cooperation and maritime boundaries.

Al-Mismari said Erdogan seeks via these agreements to support the Brotherhood and to find legitimacy for Turkish advances in Tripoli to back Al-Sarraj and his forces.

He noted that these agreements are illegal, unconstitutional, and contradict the Libyan constitutional declaration and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and also violate the good neighbourliness principle.

Concerning Erdogan's threats to send Turkish forces to Libya, al-Mismari said that the Libyan army had issued such threats before.

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