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Libyan Government of National Accord announces moving from defence to attack against Haftar's forces

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar [AP]
Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar [AP], 28 January 2020

The Minister of the Interior of Libya's Government of National Accord, Fathi Pashaga, has confirmed that they will move from defence to an attack plan in the coming period to expel the forces of the retired Major General Khalifa Haftar and his militias.

According to Channel 218, based in Benghazi, "Pashaga" confirmed to Reuters their intention to take steps to get Haftar out of the capital, Tripoli. He noted that Haftar's forces targeted, last week, the capital, Tripoli, and the Al-Maiteqa International Airport with 60 missiles.

He explained that their forces would move from a defence position to an attack soon, pointing out that their hopes for a continuation of the ceasefire are dashed, calling the US and the UK to impose pressure on the countries supporting Haftar, warning of a humanitarian crisis in Tripoli.

Read: Haftar opens Libya embassy in Syria's Damascus

The Administration of Al-Maiteqa Airport announced, on Monday 2 March 2020, that air navigation has been suspended at the airport after it was targeted by Khalifa Haftar's militias with BM-21 Grad rockets.

Haftar's violations of the Turkish-Russian initiative are continuing in defiance of the Security Council calling the parties to adhere to its decisions.

Since April 4, 2019, Haftar's forces have launched an offensive to control Tripoli, the seat of the Al-Wefaq government, which Haftar fights over legitimacy and authority.


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