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US News Libya: pro-GNA take over Tripoli international airport (spokesperson)

01:10  04 june  2020
01:10  04 june  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Troops loyal to Libya 's internationally recognised government have taken control of Tripoli international airport , military spokesman for the Government of National Accord said. "Our forces have fully liberated Tripoli international airport ," spokesman Mohamad Gnounou said on Wednesday.

GNA forces took control of the main gate and the navigation building at Tripoli International Airport , targeting a tank Geolocation of GNA footage next to the NW part of the fence of tripoli international airport Libyan army or LNA or Eastern Libya forces or Pro -Haftar forces or Tobruk government

  Libye: les pro-GNA reprennent l'aéroport international de Tripoli (porte-parole) © Provided by Le Point

Forces of the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNA) announced Wednesday that they have regained control of international airport from Tripoli, out of service since 2014, after heavy fighting against the forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strong man from eastern Libya.

"Our forces have fully liberated Tripoli international airport," pro-GNA forces spokesman Mohamad Gnounou said in a statement.

Destroyed in 2014 by fighting between rival militias, this civilian airport - the largest in the country - is located about 20 kilometers south of the capital, a strategic area. He had been occupied by pro-Haftar forces since the first weeks of their offensive launched in April 2019 to seize Tripoli, seat of the GNA recognized by the UN .

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GNA is in full control over Ramla axis near Tripoli International Airport , heavy clashes ongoing at Tuwaishah axis. Government of National Accord or GNA or UN-backed government or Tripoli government or Waqef government headed by Fayez Sarraj, Tripoli protection forces, Misrata forces

the Tripoli international airport , and heavy clashes took place around Tuwaishah in southern On the side of the LNA, spokesperson Brigadier General Ahmed al-Mesmari said that there would be According to latest claims, the GNA entered Tripoli International Airport , the LNA appears to have

Pro-GNA forces "are chasing the Haftar militias who are fleeing towards Gasr Ben Gachir", further south, according to Mr. Gnounou.

The operation for the recovery of Tripoli international airport began Wednesday morning, supported by drones which targeted the positions and equipment of rival forces, the same source said.

For the past two weeks, pro-government forces have been carrying out large-scale ground and air attacks in this sector. They had successfully surrounded the airport area before the final assault on Wednesday.

Forces loyal to Marshal Haftar did not comment on this setback, the most significant since the loss last month of Al-Watiya air base, a large rear base at Camp Haftar, 140 kilometers south -west of Tripoli.

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The Libyan Army under the command of the Government of National Accord ( GNA ) has seized full control of Tripoli International Gununu said that the Libyan Army forces were chasing away fleeing Haftar's forces who were barricaded inside Tripoli International Airport as they advance on Qasir

Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar said Friday they had captured the former Tripoli International Airport on the outskirts of the capital. However, a spokesperson for the UN-backed Government of National Accord ( GNA ) announced later on Libya al-Ahrar TV that they had reclaimed

This setback comes shortly after the UN in New York announced the resumption of talks between the belligerents, welcoming a "positive first step".

Libya has been in chaos since the fall of ’s regime Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. During the past year, the conflict has been exacerbated by increasing foreign interference, the United Arab Emirates and the Russia supporting the Haftar camp, and Turkey that of the GNA.

It left hundreds of people dead, including many civilians, and forced some 200,000 people to flee.

06/03/2020 21:18:29 - Tripoli (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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