Two members of the demining teams have been killed in a mine explosion in Ain Zara in south Tripoli as they were removing mines planted by Khalifa Haftar’s forces in residential areas.
The US State Department expressed on Thursday its alarm at the link between the forces of Major General Khalifa Haftar and the Russian Wagner group, stressing that this contradicts US and Libyan interests and undermines Libya’s sovereignty.
Turkey‘s defence minister and military chief visited war-torn Libya‘s capital on Friday, the country’s UN-recognised government said, the second visit in weeks by a minister from its main international backer.
Libyan authorities on Thursday extracted six more bodies from a mass grave in the city of Tarhouna, south-east of Tripoli, raising the total number of corpses found in mass graves south of Tripoli to 219.
The deadlock in Libya continues. Over the past few years, international diplomatic efforts have failed to stop the fighting between the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli and the forces supporting General Khalifa Haftar in the east of the country.
US officials pushed strongman Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) to demobilize in a virtual meeting on Wednesday.
The United Nations’ former Libya envoy Ghassan Salame attacked the world body’s Security Council on Wednesday, saying he had been “stabbed in the back” and accusing member states of “hypocrisy”.
Itamilradar, a website that tracks military flights, said it had tracked several flights operated by Russian Air Force aircraft to eastern Libya.
The Libyan General Staff proposed to the Head of Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj, as the Chief Commander of the Army, the formation of National Guard to contain the backup forces and to ensure Libya remains a civilian state.
The UAE has been trying to pressure the US to intervene in Libya in an effort to hinder the gains of the internationally-backed Government of National Accord which is backed by Turkey, a document obtained by TRT World revealed.