On May 6th, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar called on the Libyan National Army (LNA) to fighter harder during the month of Ramadan. His statement was released by the LNA Spokesperson Maj.Gen. Ahmed Almismari in a video published on Facebook, with an English dub.
A message from General commander Marshal Haftar to the western region operation commander …read by Maj.Gen. Ahmed Almesmari
Posted by الناطق الرسمي باسم القيادة العامة للقوات المسلحة العربية الليبية on Sunday, May 5, 2019
“Officers and soldiers in our armed forces and the auxiliary forces, I salute you in this glorious days and urge you with your strength and determination to teach the enemy a greater and bigger lesson than the previous ones, as we’ve always known you to do, till we uproot it from our beloved land,” Haftar said in an audiotape played by Almismari.
Haftar made no mention of the UN Support Mission in Libya’s call for a week-long humanitarian truce.
“The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) congratulates all Libyans on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. UNSMIL calls for an extendable one-week humanitarian truce starting at four in the morning of the first of Ramadan, 06 May, in accordance with the spirit of this month as well as the Human Rights Convention, during which all parties pledge to halt all forms of military operations, including reconnaissance, shelling, sniper operations, and mobilization of forces.
UNSMIL calls on all parties to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need and to ensure the freedom of movement for civilians during this truce. The mission encourages all parties to use the truce to exchange prisoners and the bodies of the deceased and expresses its readiness to provide the necessary support in this regard.”
The statement was released on May 5th, just hours before Haftar’s call for ramping up the offensive.
At the ground level, on May 5th, it appeared that there was a sort of calm on the frontlines. At Yarmouk a photograph was published showing calmness.
— francesca mannocchi (@mannocchia) May 5, 2019
Despite that, clashes on the Wadi Rabiyah – Ayn Zarag direction continued.
— 218 News (@218news) May 5, 2019
The Government of National Accord (GNA) air force targeted targets in Sadi Sayeh south of Tripoli, leaving two children dead.
— قناة ليبيا (@LibyasChannel) May 5, 2019
The GNA reportedly retook the Tueisha area, while heavy clashes continued at Qasr Bin Ghazir.
#ليبيا | أبان مصدر عسكري لبانوراما، أن الجيش سيطر بالكامل على منطقة #الطويشة، مضيفا أن محور #قصر_بن_غشير يشهد اشتباكات بين قوات الجيش وقوات #حفتر. كما استهدف #سلاح_الجو التابع للجيش تمركزا لقوات حفتر في #بئر_العالم، ما أدى إلى تدمير #مخزن للذخيرة وإصابات في الاليات التابعة لحفتر. pic.twitter.com/43H5daIcsZ
— ليبيا بانوراما (@lpc_ly) May 5, 2019
Violent clashes with various heavy and medium weapons between the LNA and GNA in Twaisha axes, behind Tripoli International Airport, Ayn Zara and Zabarneh were also on-going.
اشتباكات عنيفة بمختلف الاسلحة الثقيلة والمتوسطة بين الوحدات العسكرية المسلحة والمليشيات الاجرامية في محاور الطويشة خلف مطار طرابلس العالمي وعين زارة والزطارنة””” pic.twitter.com/DEf6oEEtQ6
— Libyan National Army (@DavidBiutitaman) May 6, 2019
GNA’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj is in Rome to visit Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and discuss the situation in Libya. According to Conte, Haftar’s attack on Tripoli revitalized terrorism, rather than fight against it.
— Fabrizio (@FChev22) May 6, 2019
According to the World Health Organization, at least 392 people died in the clashes, and 1936 were wounded, as of May 2nd.
— World Health Organization in Libya (@WHOLIBYA) May 2, 2019
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