Hundreds of Russian mercenaries, many highly trained and well-armed, are fighting alongside renegade Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter as he seeks to oust the country’s United Nations-backed government, according to Libyan military commanders and fighters, as well as U.S. military and other Western officials.
Sirte Protection Force has confirmed that three of its members were injured in an air raid carried out by an UAE-backed drone strike of Khalifa Haftar’s forces on positions of the force south of Sirte.
Moscow is plunging deeper into a war of armed drones in a strategic hot spot rich with oil, teeming with migrants and riddled with extremists.
The so-called Ajdabiya operations room of Haftar’s forces has issued orders to police officers in the city and its suburbs to join the fighting axes in Tripoli immediately, giving them a one week ultimatum to join in.
Flights heading to the Libyan capital were forced to divert on Sunday after air strikes, reportedly carried out by personnel loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, targeted Tripoli’s only functioning airport.
One civilian killed, others injured in attacks by Haftar’s forces on Tripoli’s Salah Al-Deen neighborhood
Indiscriminate shelling by Khalifa Haftar’s forces on Salah Al-Deen neighborhood in southern Tripoli injured a child and several civilians and shut down an elementary school, eyewitnesses said, adding that the shells fell on a house and nearby the school.
Libya’s Mitiga international airport in Tripoli was hit by an airstrike Sunday, Anadolu reports. Mustafa el-Mecei, the spokesman for the Government of National Accord (GNA) Burkan al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) military operation, told Anadolu Agency warplanes that targeted the airport four times were flown by forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa …
Security sources from Sabha have reported skirmishes in the area of Mansheya and an attack on a military checkpoint belonging to so-called battalion 128, loyal to Haftar, near Al-Qadisiya Square, on Saturday night.
Amnesty International has launched on its website a campaign calling on Khalifa Haftar to reveal the fate and whereabouts of the member of House of Representatives (HoR) Siham Sirgiwa and urging him to ensure her release and protect her from all forms of torture.
The Libyan Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord has condemned in the strongest terms the “terrorist airstrikes” againt the Interior Ministry’s headquarters in Tripoli on last Thursday by Khalifa Haftar’s forces.