Haftar delivered a speech on Thursday, broadcast by Al Arabiya TV, where he announced the launch of a "decisive battle" to capture Tripoli. This came shortly after the Tripoli forces had defeated Haftar's forces, south of the capital. In his speech, Haftar declared that he had given orders to his forces to advance towards the "heart of the capital in order to release it from being jailed."
Haftar has also asserted that he would issue amnesty for the armed groups in Tripoli, if they laid down their weapons.
"Some believe that force, dictatorship and oppression are trying to control this country," Al-Sarraj expressed on Haftar's announcement, "but Allah has given the strength for the sons and rebels of this country in order to protect it."
Al-Sarraj called for all Libyans to support the democratic choice, as well as for those he described as "few," to give up their "illusions."