The Libyan National Army (LNA) advanced west of the country’s capital, Tripoli, on April 11 and reached the outskirt of the town of al-Swani, where its units are currently engaging in fierce clashes with forces loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).
“Fierce battles … On the axis of al-Swani, near the area of Janzur, which is located 12km west of the capital, Tripoli … Amid wide advance by the LNA and major collapse in the ranks of pro-GNA militias,” a Libyan military source told the al-Arabiya TV.
According to a press release by the LNA’s media office, army units destroyed several military vehicles and killed dozens of pro-GNA fighters while advancing towards al-Swani.
Ahead of the new advance, the Libyan Air Force (LAF) [loyal to the LNA] carried out a series of airstrikes on GNA forces near the town of Ain Zara, south of Tripoli, and inside the Mitiga International Airport, which is located in the eastern suburbs of the capital.
The new attack on al-Swani will likely disturb GNA forces, which pushed most of their units to the frontlines south of Tripoli. According to Sputnik, the LNA is now deploying additional reinforcements around the Libyan capital. This could further complicate the situation for the GNA.