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SEPTEMBER 2020

Haftar’s Forces Pushed Back As GNA Circles On Al-Wattia

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Haftar's Forces Pushed Back As GNA Circles On Al-Wattia

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On April 14th, the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) released its information bulleting, in which it claims that since January 17th the country has lost $4 billion from blocked oil exports.

The blockade is attributed to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) which has repeatedly rebuked claims saying that the citizens themselves decided to block it, in order to pressure the Government of National Accord into surrendering Tripoli.

Total oil production inside Libya is down to 80,510 barrels per day, as of April 13th, 2020. Before the blockade it produced up to 1,2 million barrels per day, so it is a massive reduction.

On the ground, after GNA forces captured the entire coast west of Tripoli, they began carrying out airstrikes on Al-Wattia, which is under LNA control.

A deadline was given for the peaceful surrender of Al-Wattia, and after the deadline passed, the GNA’s Turkish-backed forces began its offensive.

A similar deadline was given for Sabratha, Sorman, Al-Ajilat, Al-Jameel, Rikdalin and Zalatan, all of them were captured after the deadline was disregarded by LNA.

“Tarhuna Liberation Forces: The deadline for the peaceful handover of al-Watiya base has expired, and the army forces are preparing to advance and open fire from the main gate.”

GNA, but likely Turkish UAV footage, showed shelling of LNA targets by using precision munition south of Tripoli.

The municipal guards in the Zlatan region were detained by the GNA, they were presumably on the side of the LNA.

An LNA-affiliated account also shared a video of the situation.

In addition, the same source alleged that the GNA forces were carrying out looting in the “liberate” city of Sabratha.

An LNA airstrike completely destroyed a GNA convoy of 14 cars, according to reports, but there’s no evidence of it, whatsoever.

Footage was also released of a GNA Mirage F-1, presumably downed by a Russian-made Pantsir S-1, used by the LNA. However, it would appear that the footage is dated. The debris are more than likely old, and were filmed during night time to hide that.

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