Renegade General Khalifa Haftar has applauded Tripoli armed brigades loyal to the UN-proposed Presidency Council, describing them as “patriots.”
It is reported that Tripoli International Airport is for the first time in almost three years back under recognised government control. The Presidential Guard – the military force directly under the orders of the Presidency Council – is said to have has taken it over from Tarhouna’s Kani militia.
Libya’s Ansar al-Sharia armed group announced its own dissolution on Saturday, saying it has been “weakened” by fighting in Benghazi.
Misratan brigades aligned with the Salvation Government of Khalifa Al-Ghawiel have pulled back from Tripoli International Airport after two days of fierce fighting against rival groups loyal to the UN-installed Presidency Council.
Armed groups in Libya’s east are demanding the disclosure of investigations into the escape of ISIL fighters from Derna and Benghazi through areas controlled by Khalifa Haftar, the retired Libyan army general and self-proclaimed commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA).
The air force loyal to Libya’s strongman Khalifa Haftar said on Saturday it took part in Egyptian airstrikes on militant positions in the country after a deadly attack on Egypt’s Copts.
Jufra airbase came under attack twice today – early in the morning and then this evening – by planes believed to belong to the Egyptian airforce. As well as the base itself, held by Misratan forces plus members of the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB), a nearby headquarters of a separate …
The Interior Ministry and the Justice Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said they have secured the inmate from Hadba prison after the prison compound was seized by Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade on Friday.
For a second day running, there have been clashes in Tripoli between anti- and nominally pro-Presidency Council (PC) forces. Explosions occure in the southern district of Swani and there were reports of fresh clashes on the Airport Road and in Abu Sleem.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has accused Egypt of backing the rebels currently at war with Khartoum, with analysts pointing to a possible link to Libyan general Khalifa Haftar.