Fierce fighting for control of Libya’s capital that has already displaced tens of thousands of people threatens to bring a further worsening of humanitarian conditions, a senior UN official has warned.
Air raids by the self-styled Libyan National Army against the capital on Saturday night killed four people and wounded 20 others, Libya’s internationally recognised unity government said.
On 4 April, General Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control Eastern Libya, announced the first phase of an offensive intended to gain control of forces loyal to Tripoli, prompting the mobilisation of the defense. In response, armed forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) launched a military op …
Scores of vulnerable refugees and migrants have reportedly been freed from detention centres only to be forced to fight for militias linked to the UN-recognised Libyan government on the frontlines of its offensive against renegade General Khalifa Haftar.
Forces backing Libya‘s internationally recognised government fought house-to-house battles with troops loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar in southern parts of the capital, Tripoli, on Sunday and appeared to be gaining ground.
Troops loyal to Libya‘s internationally recognised government are preparing to launch a counteroffensive on renegade commander Khalifa Haftar‘s eastern-based forces currently struggling to maintain their positions along the capital’s southern outskirts, the Government of National Accord’s interior minister said.
The humanitarian situation has greatly deteriorated in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli, where “densely populated residential areas are gradually turning into battlefields”, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), has long claimed that terrorists and rogue militias are controlling the capital Tripoli, placing his campaign as part of the international “war on terror”. In launching his attack on 4 April, his spokesperson repeatedly said that “terrorists” are fighting …
The Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar is planning to take Tripoli in two or three weeks, believes that the operation will not take long, Khairi Tamimi, the head of the LNA General Commander’s Office, told Sputnik on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi, who is the current president of the African Union, convened an unscheduled African summit to discuss the political crisis in Libya. However, Sisi did not outline a definite position on the issue and refrained from condemning Khalifa Haftar, leader of the Libyan National …