Marshal Haftar steps up offensive south and east of Tripoli

This grab obtained from a video published on the Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army War Information Division's Facebook page on April 3, 2019, allegedly shows military convoys heading towards western Libya and Tripoli, coming from the LNA controlled territory in the east. - Haftar ordered his troops on April 4 to "advance" on Tripoli, seat of the internationally-recognised unity government, after UN chief Antonio Guterres warned against a major flare-up. Haftar's forces announced Wednesday they were gearing up for an offensive in the west of the country to purge it of "terrorists and mercenaries". Following that statement, a convoy of LNA vehicles pushed towards the city of Gharyan, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Tripoli, witnesses and military sources said. (Photo by - / LNA War Information Division / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / LNA WAR INFORMATION DIVISION" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Libyan National Army under Marshal Khalifa Haftar is advancing south and east of Tripoli, spokesman Khalifa al-Obeidi told Sputnik.

Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar forces are conducting an offensive south and east of the Libyan capital, according to Libyan National Army Command (KLA) spokesman Khalifa al-Obeidi.

“The Libyan army and its military units are advancing from their positions south and east of the capital Tripoli to the capital with the support of the air force,” he told Sputnik.

Recall that on 4 April the commander of the ANL, Khalifa Haftar, had ordered his forces to start the march towards Tripoli, seat of the government led by Fayez el-Sarraj and recognized by the international community.

On April 5, it was announced that Marshal Haftar troops had reached the outskirts of the capital and seized control of Tripoli International Airport.

Position battles are still going on in the Libyan capital. The World Health Organization reports more than 450 deaths and more than 2,100 injuries.

Libya has been in chaos since the overthrow of the government and the killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The country is divided between several rival entities, including the presence in Tripoli of the national unity government of Fayez al-Sarraj, supported by the UN and the EU, and in the east, a parliament elected by the people and supported by the Libyan National Army of Marshal Haftar.


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