The Libyan National Army (LNA) has imposed control of the area of al-Sbeaa south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, the army’s media office confirmed on May 2.
“Your valiant armed forces are engaged in a fierce war against the terrorist militias in Tripoli … It has drained their strength, expelled them from the area of al-Sbeaa … And [now] it is moving towards the heart of the capital after luring the enemy and attacking it,” an official statement released by the LNA’s media office reads.
Al-Sbeaa is located on a highway heading to the southern part of Tripoli. The area links the Libyan capital, which is controlled by forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA), with the towns recently captured by the LNA in the southern part of the country.
Over the last few days, pro-GNA forces launched several counter-attacks and even attempted to flank LNA forces south of Tripoli. However, these attempts failed and the LNA is apparently still advancing towards the capital.
The upcoming few days will likely witness more advances by the LNA, whose leadership is still determined to capture Tripoli as soon as possible. The GNA’s failed counter-attacks may have weakened their defense around the capital.
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