Libyan National Army Advances in Gharyan

Khaled Mahmoud

The Libyan National Army announced on Sunday that it has seized a new region in Gharyan city, which it is using as its main base in its battle to liberate Tripoli from criminal and terrorist militias.

The LNA said its forces captured the Ghout al-Reeh area in southeastern Gharyan, which is located south of Tripoli.

In a brief statement, it added that its strikes on the area forced militias to flee and left 12 people dead, including two suspected ISIS members. The wounded are being treated at Gharyan hospital.

Pro-Government of National Accord forces acknowledged the death of three members in Sunday’s fighting.

The LNA is seeking to recapture Gharyan that it had originally seized in late June. It had used it as a main base for attacks on the GNA-held capital.

Meanwhile, the LNA denied it was behind an airstrike that left three people dead in the town of al-Sawani south of Tripoli.

LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said: “Our forces deny targeting any civilian vehicle in the al-Sawani region as claimed by the misleading Muslim Brotherhood media.”

The images shown in their media reveal that the vehicle was targeted on the side by a rocket or projectile, not an airstrike.

He said witnesses can prove the lies of the GNA and its militias, stressing that the LNA is keen on safeguarding civilians and was making accurate strikes.

GNA media had accused the LNA of being behind the attack, broadcasting images of the destruction of several vehicles.