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SEPTEMBER 2020

GNA Security Forces Launch Operation ‘Safe Country’ In Newly-Captured Areas

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GNA Security Forces Launch Operation ‘Safe Country’ In Newly-Captured Areas

Fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) gesture as they keep a look out on the roof of a building in an area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on January 12, 2020. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images)

The Ministry of Interior of the Government of National Accord (GNA) launched on June 6 a large operation, dubbed “Safe Country,” to secure the areas recently captured from Libyan National Army (LNA).

“Operation Safe Country aims to impose and control security, prosecute wanted perpetrators and protect citizens’ lives, livelihoods, and property,” the operations room said in an official statement.

The operation will be led by Brig. Gen. Mohamed Al Madaghi. Lt. Ayman Bin Jamea was appointed as a spokesman for the operation.

Earlier this week, GNA forces, with support from Turkey, secured significant gains around the capital, Tripoli. On June 3, the Tripoli International Airport was captured. Two days later, the town of Tarhunah was captured. Lawlessness is now prevailing over these areas, with many reports of looting and ransacking taking place there.

The GNA is now bracing to launch a large-scale attack on the coastal town of Sirte, a key oil export port. Some sources are even claiming that the al-Jufra Air Base, where UAE forces are reportedly deployed, will be also targeted.

Turkish combat drones are providing air support for GNA forces, which were also reinforced with around 11,000 Syrian militants. On the other side, the LNA lacks a direct military support from its key backers – Egypt and the UAE.

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