UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Libyan National Army’s Marshal Haftar shot down a military plane taking off from the city of Misrata, said an army spokesman.
Sky News Arabia is broadcasting a press conference in Benghazi.
– The situation in Libya –
After the assassination in 2011 of the leader Muammar Gaddafi, dual power reigns in the country: an elected parliament sits in eastern Libya, and the government of national accord, led by Fayez Sarraj, formed with the support of the UN and the European Union.
Authorities in the east operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with Haftar.
On Thursday, Haftar gave the command to launch an attack on the capital of the country for “liberation from terrorists.”
According to media reports, the marshal units took control of the cities of Garyan and Surman south of Tripoli. On the eve of the day, the forces controlled by the government of national accord announced the start of the military operation “Vulcan of Wrath” against the LNA.
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