The Libyan national army (LNA) field Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot took full control of one of the strategic areas in the suburbs of Tripoli, knocking out the formation of the national consensus Government (NTC) Prime Minister Faiza Saraga. This was reported on Tuesday TASS Libyan military source.
According to him, chattaroy after clashes with NTC forces took located 50 km South-West of the capital town of El-Hirah. “Currently, army units are combing it after the liberation from militias and mercenaries,” the source said. However, he noted that the LDF was able thus to block an important highway connecting Tripoli and another strategically important town of Gharyan, captured by the supporters of the NTC in June last year.
In addition, earlier in the day, fierce clashes were going in other areas on the outskirts of the main city of the country, including ain-Zara, al-Ramla, al-Hadba and on the road leading from the ruined in 2014 and defunct Tripoli international airport. According to the source, during the fighting the troops of the NTC suffered heavy losses in manpower and technology, and the prisoners were taken “a lot of fighting on the side of the Tripoli government mercenaries from Syria.”
In Libya after the overthrow of the Jamahiriya of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, acts recognized by the UN, the government of national consensus Faiza Saraga in Tripoli and the transitional Cabinet of Abdullah Abdurrahman al-Thani, sitting in the East, together with the Parliament and with the support of LNA field Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot.
25 April 2019 Haftar announced the withdrawal from the agreement on the peaceful settlement of the conflict and the formation of the NTC, signed on 17 December 2015. Also Haftar said the Libyan national army takes over the management of all controlled territories. From April 2019 to his army began the assault on the Libyan capital under the pretext of “its liberation from the terrorists.” However, the offensive petered out on the outskirts of the city.
According to media reports, the Haftarot supported by Russia, France, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt. On the side of the government in Tripoli, in turn, are Turkey, Qatar and Italy. In may it became aware of the report of the UN observers that in Libya there are about 1,200 mercenaries from the PMC “Wagner”, including citizens of Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine.
At the end of April 2020, the Minister of the NTC of Libya Fathi Basaga accused vagnerova in the use of chemical weapons in the country.
Moscow denies the state’s involvement in the Libyan conflict. President Vladimir Putin in January noted that if in Libya and are Russian citizens, they are not there to Russia and does not Express its interests.
About a week ago the forces of the NTC with the active support of the Turkish unmanned aircraft was able to take a strategic airbase “al-Watia” (100 km southwest of Tripoli), which had recently left the forces of the Haftarot. Following this, they began to prepare offensive to other positions within the LDF, including the city of Tarragon (65 km South-East of Tripoli, an important supply centre).
Meanwhile, last Tuesday, chattaroy unilaterally declared on the occasion of the feast of razgovara Eid al-Fitr (Uraza-Bairam among Turkic peoples) on a temporary cease-fire and withdrawal of troops on all fronts in the capital at a distance of 2-3 km. Despite this, the clashes did not stop, and later the army announced the largest in the history of Libya air operations against, as stated, the Turkish troops in the country and their supporters.
Military sscha say that for this air operation from Syria deployed Russian military aircraft, managed in mercenaries from Russia.