Haftar Army launches new strikes on Tripoli International Airport

Haftar Army launches new strikes on Tripoli International Airport
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  • calendar-gray 09 April 2019

The forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar have been closing in on the Libyan capital, which is controlled by the UN-backed government, ONAreports citing Sputnik.

An aircraft of Field Marshal Khalifa Khaftar's Libyan National Army is striking positions of armed forces at Tripoli's defunct international airport south of the capital, Sky News Arabia reports.

On Monday, TV channel Libya Ahrar said that the Tripoli-based government has recaptured areas seized by forces loyal to Haftar, including at the Tripoli airport. 

On 4 April, the LNA commander ordered an offensive on Tripoli, controlled by the UN-supported interim Government of National Accord, to "liberate it from terrorists". after his army seized control over the cities of Surman and Garyan, located west and south of Tripoli, respectively.

As years-long civil conflict that broke out following a rebellion and murder of the ex-head of state Muammar Gaddafi resulted in a split government in Libya, with the country's eastern and western parts being controlled by separate powers. The Tobruk-based parliament, elected in 2014 and backed by the LNA, governs the east of Libya, while the GNA, established in 2015, controls Libya's western parts from Tripoli.

Faiq Mahmudov

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