Libyan Army regains complete control over capital Tripoli

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The Libyan Army regained control over capital Tripoli and is advancing toward the strategic city of Tarhuna against putschist Gen. Haftar’s forces, sources said Thursday, as the Prime Minister is expected to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


The Government of National Accord (GNA) military operations room said in a statement it had control over all borders of the Tripoli city administrative area.

"Tripoli has been liberated and fully secured, and we have reached the administrative borders of the city of Tarhuna, southeast of the capital," said Mustafa al-Majei, the spokesperson of the Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation.
Al-Majei confirmed that the Libyan Army has entered the Fam Malgha area of Turhuna, 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Tripoli.
"The military vehicles of putschist Khalifa Haftar's militia have been seen withdrawing from Tarhuna towards the city of Bani Walid," 180 km (112 miles) southeast of Tripol, al-Majei added.

Separately, a Haftar source said it would complete its withdrawal on Thursday from the Tripoli districts of Ain Zara, Abu Salim and Qasr Ben Gashir towards a town near its stronghold of Tarhuna.

Meanwhile, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj called on young members of warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias to lay down their arms as the army liberated two more towns following the retake of the airport in Tripoli.

Speaking to Libya February TV on Wednesday, al-Sarraj appealed to the country's tribal and opinion leaders to create an atmosphere dominated by freedom of expression, dialogue and civil state principles.

He called on young people deceived by Haftar, who he described as a "war criminal," to surrender to the legitimate government.

Al-Sarraj also hailed the army for retaking Tripoli International Airport.

He said Haftar's militias were defeated by the Libyan army and had to withdraw, noting the militias had committed another crime by planting landmines.

"Our forces have fully liberated Tripoli international airport," said Mohamad Qununu, spokesman for forces backing the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Libya's main civilian airport, lying on the southern edge of the capital on a key highway leading into its center, had been closed since being heavily damaged in 2014 clashes.

Warlord Haftar's forces, who launched an assault on the capital in April 2019, had captured the airport weeks later.

But their assault ground to a bloody stalemate on the edges of the city and in recent weeks, pro-GNA forces have won back a series of key locations.

Over the past two weeks, government-led forces have launched a major ground and air attacks, surrounding the airport area before the final assault, Qununu said.

The operation began Wednesday morning, with drones providing air cover, Qununu added.

Pro-GNA forces were now "chasing Haftar's militias, who are fleeing (southwards) towards Gasr Ben Gashir" some 20 kilometers (13 miles) south of the capital, he said.

Pro-GNA TV channels and social media channels shared videos appearing to show loyalist forces entering the airport.

Haftar's forces did not immediately comment on the setback, but the loss of the airport follows a string of defeats for Haftar in recent weeks.
Libya's Army on Wednesday liberated two towns south of the capital Tripoli from militias loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar, according to an official statement.

Government forces took complete control of Ain Zara and Wadi Al-Rabi, Libyan Army spokesman said in a statement.

The army announced that civilians in the capital Tripoli had been largely rescued from militias affiliated with Haftar, the leader of illegitimate forces in the east of the country.

The Prime Minister went to Moscow to attend a meeting with Russian officials on Wednesday. deputy Ahmed Maiteeg and GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Siyala had earlier arrived in Moscow, local media said. Meanwhile, putschist Gen. Haftar traveled to Egypt to meet defense officials, a source close to him said Wednesday

Mustafa al-Majai, a spokesman for the government's Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation, told Anadolu Agency that they expect the southern part of Tripoli to be fully liberated in the coming hours.

Libya's internationally recognized government has been under attack by Haftar's forces since April 2019.

In March, the Libyan government launched Operation Peace Storm to counter attacks on the capital and recently regained strategic locations including Al-Watiya airbase in a major blow to Haftar's forces.

Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Libya's new government was founded in 2015 under a U.N.-led agreement, but efforts for a long-term political settlement failed due to the military offensive by Haftar's forces.

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Libyan Army regains complete control over capital Tripoli

2020/06/1591265595.jpg
Read: 737     14:12     04 June 2020    

The Libyan Army regained control over capital Tripoli and is advancing toward the strategic city of Tarhuna against putschist Gen. Haftar’s forces, sources said Thursday, as the Prime Minister is expected to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


The Government of National Accord (GNA) military operations room said in a statement it had control over all borders of the Tripoli city administrative area.

"Tripoli has been liberated and fully secured, and we have reached the administrative borders of the city of Tarhuna, southeast of the capital," said Mustafa al-Majei, the spokesperson of the Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation.
Al-Majei confirmed that the Libyan Army has entered the Fam Malgha area of Turhuna, 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Tripoli.
"The military vehicles of putschist Khalifa Haftar's militia have been seen withdrawing from Tarhuna towards the city of Bani Walid," 180 km (112 miles) southeast of Tripol, al-Majei added.

Separately, a Haftar source said it would complete its withdrawal on Thursday from the Tripoli districts of Ain Zara, Abu Salim and Qasr Ben Gashir towards a town near its stronghold of Tarhuna.

Meanwhile, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj called on young members of warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias to lay down their arms as the army liberated two more towns following the retake of the airport in Tripoli.

Speaking to Libya February TV on Wednesday, al-Sarraj appealed to the country's tribal and opinion leaders to create an atmosphere dominated by freedom of expression, dialogue and civil state principles.

He called on young people deceived by Haftar, who he described as a "war criminal," to surrender to the legitimate government.

Al-Sarraj also hailed the army for retaking Tripoli International Airport.

He said Haftar's militias were defeated by the Libyan army and had to withdraw, noting the militias had committed another crime by planting landmines.

"Our forces have fully liberated Tripoli international airport," said Mohamad Qununu, spokesman for forces backing the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Libya's main civilian airport, lying on the southern edge of the capital on a key highway leading into its center, had been closed since being heavily damaged in 2014 clashes.

Warlord Haftar's forces, who launched an assault on the capital in April 2019, had captured the airport weeks later.

But their assault ground to a bloody stalemate on the edges of the city and in recent weeks, pro-GNA forces have won back a series of key locations.

Over the past two weeks, government-led forces have launched a major ground and air attacks, surrounding the airport area before the final assault, Qununu said.

The operation began Wednesday morning, with drones providing air cover, Qununu added.

Pro-GNA forces were now "chasing Haftar's militias, who are fleeing (southwards) towards Gasr Ben Gashir" some 20 kilometers (13 miles) south of the capital, he said.

Pro-GNA TV channels and social media channels shared videos appearing to show loyalist forces entering the airport.

Haftar's forces did not immediately comment on the setback, but the loss of the airport follows a string of defeats for Haftar in recent weeks.
Libya's Army on Wednesday liberated two towns south of the capital Tripoli from militias loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar, according to an official statement.

Government forces took complete control of Ain Zara and Wadi Al-Rabi, Libyan Army spokesman said in a statement.

The army announced that civilians in the capital Tripoli had been largely rescued from militias affiliated with Haftar, the leader of illegitimate forces in the east of the country.

The Prime Minister went to Moscow to attend a meeting with Russian officials on Wednesday. deputy Ahmed Maiteeg and GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Siyala had earlier arrived in Moscow, local media said. Meanwhile, putschist Gen. Haftar traveled to Egypt to meet defense officials, a source close to him said Wednesday

Mustafa al-Majai, a spokesman for the government's Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation, told Anadolu Agency that they expect the southern part of Tripoli to be fully liberated in the coming hours.

Libya's internationally recognized government has been under attack by Haftar's forces since April 2019.

In March, the Libyan government launched Operation Peace Storm to counter attacks on the capital and recently regained strategic locations including Al-Watiya airbase in a major blow to Haftar's forces.

Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Libya's new government was founded in 2015 under a U.N.-led agreement, but efforts for a long-term political settlement failed due to the military offensive by Haftar's forces.

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