Libyan National Accord Government (PNC) Libya forces strike at Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar’s formations at the port city of Sirte, Al-Masdar reports on Saturday, citing a PNS spokesman.
Colonel Muhammad Kanunu at a press conference on Saturday confirmed that “the Air Force carried out five air strikes south of Sirte on combat vehicles, including (delivered by IF) UAE, terrorists and Haftar mercenaries.”
Later, the Turkish Anadolu agency reported that the PNS forces launched Operation Path to Victory: its goal is to clear SIR, the area south of this port, from the Jufra air base.
Sirte is located 450 km east of Tripoli.
In the spring of this year, the PNS launched Operation Peace Storm in an effort to end the attacks of the LNA, which had been trying to take Tripoli for more than a year. As a result, this week PNS forces announced that they had completely regained control of the country’s metropolitan area.
In turn, on the eve of the representative of the LNA command, Major General Ahmed al-Mismari said that the Libyan National Army, under the influence of international calls, retreated 60 km from Tripoli. At the same time, he claimed that during the retreat, the VLA forces were bombed.
Al-Mismari also accused Turkey of “non-compliance with any obligations” that were to be fulfilled when the LNA was withdrawn from the capital of Libya.
Situation in Libya
Libya, for a long time, two executive bodies have existed in parallel: Faiz Sarraj, sitting in Tripoli, and the temporary cabinet of Abdullah Abdurrahman al-Thani, operating in the east of the country and supported by the LNA. For more than a year, the warring parties have been fighting for Tripoli.
According to Western media, Haftar’s forces are supported by Russia, France, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt. On the side of the government in Tripoli, in turn, are Turkey, Qatar and Italy.