The Libyan National Army (LNA) launched three airstrikes Saturday on al-Watiya airbase and five other strikes on civil targets in Gharyan, north-western Libya, according to LNA spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari.
“Terrorists are trying to recruit mercenary Libyans to fight in Tripoli,” Mismari said in a press statement.
He underscored that the army has made progress on the outskirts of Tripoli with their armed forces as it engaged in fierce battles on Swani road and Aziziyah.
He added that some armed groups are trying to distract the LNA by threatening to enter or attacking the southern region, such as the attack on Tamnhant airbase in the southern Libya Thursday. The LNA rid the southern region of armed groups only weeks ago before it marched to Tripoli for the same announced purpose.
This progress led to a civil war between the LNA and Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), killing thus far 205 people, including 18 civilians, and wounded 913 since the beginning of the campaign in mid-April, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
In response, the Tripoli-based military prosecutor-general, affiliated to Libya’s GNA, issued on Thursday an arrest warrant for the LNA Commander Khalifa Haftar for allegedly ordering deadly air strikes against civilian areas.
Six LNA leaders were also named in the warrant.