The Libyan National Army (LNA) prepares for a “decisive battle” in the western region after mobilizing more than 20,000 members and allowing for the participation of fighter aircrafts in the battle for the first time, sources in the eastern army announced Saturday.
In a press statement to Albayan newspaper, the source said part of the battle will be dedicated to retake the LNA’s main base in Gharyan city from the armed groups of the Government of the National Accord (GNA).
On June 29, the LNA withdrew from Gharyan following the outbreak of the clashes between the LNA and the forces allied to the GNA.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte held on Thursday talks to experss their concerns over the deteriorating situation in Libya as militants flow into Libya from Syria’s Idlib province, calling for a ceasefire.
“We need to work with our EU friends to maintain dialogue with all parties in Libya in order to help the Libyan people restore the functioning of their institutes,” Putin said.
Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council urged on Friday the GNA and LNA to to commit to a ceasefire and urged other countries, including Turkey, not to intervene in Libyan internal affairs and flare up the conflict. Turkey has admitted to sending weapons to the GNA help it keep control of Tripoli.