Libyan National Army (LNA) goes on with its offensive for the control of Gharyan, a city 100 km south of Tripoli, occupied by the Muslim Brotherhood’s militias that are backing Al Sarraj and are armed by Turkey and Qatar.
LNA, commanded by Khalifa Haftar, is still pursuing its offensive to seize the city of Gharyan from militias loyal to Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA), a high-ranking LNA officer told Asharq Al-Awsat. The officer, who preferred to remain anonymous, stated that the LNA forces withdrew Monday from the city, located 100 km southwest of Tripoli, after it had entered its suburbs “out of fear of being betrayed.” More than 20 militants were killed in the fighting, while the LNA lost only four fighters. The situation is under control, he assured, adding that Sarraj pro-forces arrested Brigadier-General Fawzi Abu Harara, the commander of Gharyan Operations Room, who resides in Gharyan and was appointed to his post in 2017, but is no longer in the army forces and did not take part in the offensive. Despite this, they still claimed to have arrested him in order to compensate for their losses, said the officer.
The LNA had announced on Monday that all military operations were being carried out according to a detailed plan, the first phase of which has been complete. Only a few more steps remain to declare full official control of Gharyan. The Libyan National Army had made progress in recapturing the city after seizing the Ghout al-Reeh area on its outskirts. In contrast, the GNA claimed that its fighters forced the LNA to retreat from Gharyan after carrying out six airstrikes against the advancing troops.
Source: Asharq Al-Awsat
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