Libya: A number of killed as GNA forces strategy Haftar stronghold

GNA-aligned forces have in latest days retaken a string of strategic cities west of Tripoli, together with Sabratha, Surman and al-Ajaylat [Hazem Turkia/Anadolu] Libya’s internationally-recognised authorities has mentioned its forces have killed eight fighters loyal to eastern-based renegade army commander Khalifa Haftar. 
The announcement by army spokesman Mohamed Gnunu on Saturday got here as forces aligned with the United Nations-recognised Authorities of Nationwide Accord (GNA) ramped up their offensive towards Haftar’s ahead bases in western Libya. 

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GNA troops have in latest days retaken a string of strategic cities positioned west of Tripoli, together with Sabratha, Surman and al-Ajaylat. 
Libya, a big oil producer, has been engulfed in chaos since 2011 when longtime chief Muammar Gaddafi was killed in a NATO-backed rebellion.
It’s now break up between two rival administrations: The Tripoli-based GNA, led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and the Home of Representatives allied to Haftar and his self-styled Libyan Nationwide Military (LNA).
In April 2019, Haftar launched a army marketing campaign to wrest management of Tripoli however the offensive was largely stalled by forces loyal to the GNA.
Gnunu mentioned GNA forces on Saturday overran a camp within the space of al-Hawatim close to the town of Tarhouna, arresting 12 fighters from Haftar’s LNA and seizing a number of armoured automobiles. 
“The newest developments are threatening the very existence of Haftar’s forces in the entire of western Libya,” mentioned Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Tripoli.
“The town of Tarhouna is a serious stronghold for Haftar after they misplaced the town of Gharyan final June. It is necessary to notice that the central command of Haftar’s forces is now positioned in Tarhouna and it’s from there that Egyptian, Emirati and Russian army specialists are operating Haftar’s offensive towards Tripoli.” 
On March 17, the UN and 9 international locations known as on Libya’s warring sides to stop hostilities to permit well being authorities to battle towards the brand new coronavirus.
Quite a few UN efforts to mediate a ceasefire have did not lead to a truce and have been on maintain since envoy Ghassan Salame stop his submit in early March, citing well being causes.

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