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SEPTEMBER 2020

Government Of National Accord Wrestles Control Of Al-Watiya Airbase From Haftar’s Forces

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Government Of National Accord Wrestles Control Of Al-Watiya Airbase From Haftar's Forces

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On May 18th, the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) forces took control of the al-Watiya airbase from Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

The push began on May 17th, with heavy airstrike activity, as the GNA pounded positions in and around the base.

As a result of the airstrikes, 7 LNA troops were either killed or wounded.

An LNA drone was shot down north of Al-Watiya.

On the morning of May 18th, GNA Major General Usama Goueili, the commander of the GNA forces, announced that al-Watiya airbase had been entirely captured.

The LNA, likely in order to cut the supply routes initiated clashes north of al-Watiya, but there are no reports of any success.

The LNA, however, used the chance of the GNA being focused on al-Watiya to begin retaliating by shelling the Mitiga airbase near Tripoli.

A video was also released allegedly showing a Russian-made Pantsir S1 system on the road, likely towards al-Watiya, but if true it would probably be diverted elsewhere as the GNA captured the base.

Away from the battlefields, GNA council president Fayez al-Sarraj and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone conversation discussing the developments in Libya, as well as the agreements that were signed back in November 2019 and implementing them, and specifically the maritime agreements allowing Turkey to extract resources in Libya’s EEZ.

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