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Libya interim government gain control of airbase from Haftar forces

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Image of the Libyan army [Hazem Turkia - Anadolu Agency]

The Third Force of the Misrata Brigades, loyal to the internationally recognised Government of National Accords (GNA) in Libya, has regained control of the Barak Al-Shatti air base following violent clashes with forces loyal to Brigadier General Khalifa Haftar, a military source in the force revealed.

Commander of the Third Force, Jamal Al-Treki said: “In cooperation with the GNA’s Ministry of Defence battalions we have controlled the Barak Air Base.”

A large-scale military operation was launched on Thursday morning from three axes.

No casualties have been reported among the Third Force.

The official said the force’s next aim is to secure the airbase.

On 9 April, the GNA’s Ministry of Defence, led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, launched a military operation to retake the air base, 700 kilometres south of Tripoli, from forces loyal to Haftar.

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