Clashes have intensified between forces loyal to Libya’s internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and forces loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar south of the capital, Tripoli.
Egyptian sources revealed, Wednesday, that President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has approved the deployment of Russian-made tanks to Libya to support the forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar against the effects of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).
Drones from the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday targeted the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, killing one and injuring three members of forces loyal to the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
The Libyan National Army (LNA) is making significant advances in the capital city of Tripoli and causing heavy casualties among the military ranks of the Government of National Accord (GNA), LNA information officer Al-Mundhir Al-Khartoush stated on Wednesday.
Municipalities of Greater Tripoli, members of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, and elders and dignitaries of the capital have welcomed the state of full mobilization declared by most cities in western Libya to end Haftar’s aggression.
The internationally-approved Government of National Accord on Wednesday accused Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled “Libyan National Army” of launching a “rain” of missiles into civilian areas of Tripoli.
Russia is perplexed over a new bill submitted to the US Congress on sanctions against Russia over intervention in Libya, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha says that request for military support from Turkey remains open if foreign intervention in support of Haftar continues.
Kremlin’s support toward Haftar’s botched blitzkrieg on Tripoli may once again successfully capitalize on the U.S. and European powers’ collective abandonment of credible diplomacy. While the U.S. is most concerned about Russian military involvement in Libya, the impact of this intervention may actually be reflected in the diplomatic track.
The Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio has reiterated support for the Libyan Presidential Council, reaffirming that there can be no military solution to the Libyan crisis and that Italy backs up UN-brokered efforts for political solutions.