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DECEMBER 2020

GNA Captured Tripoli International Airport, As Haftar Requests More Tangible Support From Egypt

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GNA Captured Tripoli International Airport, As Haftar Requests More Tangible Support From Egypt

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On June 3rd, the Government of National Accord (GNA) and its Turkish support took control of Tripoli International Airport from Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s forces.

This was announced by GNA military spokesperson Mohamad Gnounou.

“Our forces have fully liberated Tripoli international airport,” Gnounou said.

The airport has been closed since 2014 and had been held by the Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by Haftar, since 2019, when the operation to cleanse the capital from terrorists began.

And wherever the GNA enter, photographs with vehicles with the image of ISIS terrorists are quick to be published.

Clashes south of Tripoli around Gharyan are also continuing, with the GNA reclaiming control of Alsbaya.

The LNA is carrying out airstrikes on Gharyan, but there’s little other progress being made in the area.

In southern Tripoli, the LNA appears to be losing positions and withdrawing from areas, with the GNA capturing armored vehicles and weaponry.

The GNA is reportedly pushing further south, towards Suq al Khamis bridge.

In the diplomatic field, GNA President Fayez al-Serraj traveled to Istanbul to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Meanwhile, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is in Cairo, and he said that no negotiations would take place until there are GNA militants in Tripoli and around it.

Some sources claimed that Haftar requested further, and more direct, support from Egypt in his fight against the Turkish-backed GNA.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russian prisoners in Tripoli complicated any cooperation with the GNA.

However, the GNA Deputy Prime Minister was in Moscow for discussions, and it was expressed that there was chance for a truce between the GNA and LNA.

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