In the evening of April 8, a coalition of militias loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) launched a counter-attack against the advancing Libyan National Army (LNA) forces in the area of Tripoli International Airport.
According to reports, pro-GNA forces were able to re-enter the airport area and even recaptured several positions there. Another direction of the counter-attack was the area south of Swani.
On April 9, LNA units will likely focus on repelling the GNA counter-offensive and retaking the area of the airport as well as the town of Swani. In the even of the success this would allow the LNA to shorten frontline south of Tripoli.
At the same time, LNA units are also advncing east of the GNA-held Libyan capital in attempt to cut off the road likining it with the city of Misrata, which is also controlled by pro-GNA militias. It should be noted that even pro-GNA sources admit a lack of coordination among pro-GNA forces. Therefore, they are often uable to react immediately to LNA actions.
This video shows airstrikes delivered by the GNA Air Force against LNA units in the coastal area:
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