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Libya GNA army wants to enter Sirte ‘peacefully’

A tank belonging to forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA), the opposing forces to renegade General Khalifa Haftar, seen on 21 November 2016 [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images]
A tank belonging to forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA), the opposing forces to renegade General Khalifa Haftar, seen on 21 November 2016 [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images]

The Libyan armed forces loyal to the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) are waiting for a political solution to enter the city of Sirte “peacefully”.

A spokesman for the Sirte and Al-Jafra operation of the Libyan armed forces, Brigadier Abdul Hadi Dara, said the Libyan army wishes to liberate Sirte peacefully like it liberated Watiyah and Tarhuna in order to “avoid shedding Libyans’ blood”.

However, he stressed that the Libyan army will resume military operations against the Libyan National Army (LNA) – led by renegade General Khalifa Haftar – if peaceful means fail.

A spokesman for the Libyan armed forces, Muhammad Qanunu, said his forces were moving east, adding that the forces are stationed on the outskirts of the city of Sirte, awaiting instructions to start the “Path of Victory” military operation.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, and Speaker of the rival Tobruk-based Parliament, Aguila Saleh, are holding separate talks in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Spokesman for the High Council of State, Muhammad Abdel Nasser, told reporters that there are no arrangements for the two to meet during their visit to Morocco.

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