The Libyan National Army (LNA) resumed its advance towards the country’s capital, Tripoli, on April 10 and captured the bases of the 42nd Battalion and the 4th Brigade south of the city. The first base is located near the town of Ain Zara, while the second is stationed in the outskirt of the town of Aziziya.
According to the UAE-based Sky News Arabia TV, the LNA captured loads of weapons and ammunition, which were stored inside the two bases by forces loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (LGNA).
The LNA’s media office released two videos showing the captured bases. In the videos, several destroyed vehicles of pro-LGNA forces can be seen.
In response to this advance, warplanes of the LGNA’s air force carried out a series of airstrikes on LNA forces in the town of Qasr bin Ghashir, south of Tripoli. According to the army, the airstrikes resulted in civilian casualties.
“An airstrike targeted the house of the Milad al-Shamit family, resulting in loses in lives and properties … Our response will be fierce,” a short press release by the LNA media office reads.
Earlier this week, pro-LGNA forces recaptured several positions, including the international airport, south of Tripoli from the LNA. However, the army reorganized its troops, deployed new reinforcements and resumed its rapid advance.