On June 1st, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s forces began their renewed offensive towards Tripoli, starting from attempting to take control of Gharyan, south of the city.
2 Drones 2 pantsir systems and 50 vehicle's were used by #LNA in re-entering Al-asaba , #LNA convoy has left Urban town they used the mountain road, they met #GNA force's in Got-alrih , 2 strikes were made on there positions which forced #GNA to retreat since it's a open field , pic.twitter.com/gD292VSHTw
— Ouais Hasairi (@HasairiOuais) June 1, 2020
In total, according to reports 2 Drones, 2 Pantsir-S1 systems and 50 vehicles were used by LNA in re-entering Al-asaba.
Airstrikes and shelling were also carried out on Government of National Accord (GNA) positions.
In a reportedly sweeping victory, the LNA took control of Al-Asaba. LNA spokesperson Brigadier General Ahmed al-Mesmari said that they took control of the city, and that the ultimate aim was to eliminate the militias in Tripoli and also end the Turkish invasion of Libya.
المتحدث باسم الجيش الوطني الليبي أحمد المسماري يؤكد لسكاي نيوز عربية استعادة السيطرة على مدينة الأصابعة بالجبل الغربي غربي ليبيا
— سكاي نيوز عربية-عاجل (@SkyNewsArabia_B) June 1, 2020
According to al-Mesmari, following the capture al-Asaba, the GNA forces are retreating from Gharyan, while LNA aircraft and artillery is pounding their positions.
— أخبار ليبيا 24 (@akhbarlibya24) June 1, 2020
The GNA is attempting to carry out airstrikes on the LNA, but with limited success.
Meanwhile, Turkey appears to be delivering more equipment and troops, as a Turkish Air Force Boeing E-7T traveled from Malta to Libya.
— ItaMilRadar (@ItaMilRadar) June 1, 2020
According to the Libyan Observer the “shipment” is, in fact, 400 mercenaries being deployed to Libya.
عاجل | المرصد السوري: تركيا ترسل دفعة جديدة تضم 400 مرتزق إلى ليبيا
— العين الإخبارية – عاجل (@AlainBRK) June 1, 2020
GNA’s military spokesperson Mohammad Qannouno said that the GNA’s forces had received orders to “destroy all LNA positions and units without mercy,” regarding al-Asaba.
In the early hours of June 2nd, airstrikes on Gharyan by the LNA are continuing, with 5 GNA fighters reportedly killed by them.
ارتفاع حصيات الشهداء فجر اليوم الى خمسة نتيجة القصف الاماراتي الغاشم على اهلنا في #غريان وهم
• عبد الباسط على الباشير
• عبد الكريم الشرقاوي
• عاشور أحمد بلحاج
• رامي محمد ابوشاقور
• محمود عبدالحميد التاجوري
انا لله وانا اليه راجعون
حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل في الامارات
— ابراهيم قصودة ???? (@EbrahimGasuda) June 2, 2020
The GNA is also reportedly attempting to deploy large military reinforcements to protect Gharyan, since it is a valuable forward base in the fight for Tripoli.
الجيش الليبي يدفع بتعزيزات عسكرية كبيرة تصل طلائعها مدينة غريان
اليد ستصبح بدون الأصابع
— ابراهيم قصودة ???? (@EbrahimGasuda) June 1, 2020
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- Military Situation In Area Of Libya’s Tripoli On June 1, 2020 (Map Update)
- Haftar’s Forces Carry Out Airstrikes, As GNA Warns Those Who Fight It Of Impending Response