According to reports from Sirte, IS militants have seized control of an about 100-km area to the east of Sirte – Wadi Al-Ahmar and have set up checkpoints and started detaining residents in the area already.
Both the Bunyan Marsous (BM) operations room and the Libyan National Army (LNA) say they are sending reinforcements to the Sirte area after reports of fresh Islamic State (IS) activity there.
Libyan forces allied to the UN-backed government in Tripoli have warned that fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group are regrouping and could launch attacks on the port city of Misrata.
Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous Operation has mobilized forces in Sirte and is preparing to repel a large scale and imminent attack from ISIS militants, spokesman of the Ministry of Defense, Brigadier General Mohammed Al-Ghosari, has declared.
Chief of Military Intelligence of the Central Region, Ismail Shukri, said Thursday that ISIS fugitives are moving freely in southern Sirte where Dignity Operation forces are positioned.
Fuel supplies to Sebha have been stopped following today’s suspected IS terrorist seizure of two fuel trucks south of Sirte as the vehicles made their way from Zawia to the south.
Libyan National Army (LNA) forces around Sidra are reportedly on high alert after a suicide bomber was stopped at around 1am today at the Sidra Gate on the highway passing the oil export terminal.
The UN International Organisation for Migration confirmed that over 60.000 Libyan internally displaced persons (IDPs) had returned to Sirte and the telecommunication as well as mobile and internet networks have been reoporated in the city for the first time in two days.
Continuing a trend that started in late 2016, the number of Libyans displaced throughout the country has been steadily declining, as people return to areas from where they were displaced, particularly in the regions of Benghazi and Sirt.
The Free Fields Team, which is appointed to demine various areas in the city of Sirte, found a number of missiles in Sirte suburbs.