The Libyan National Army (LNA) has entered into the western and eastern parts of the city of Derna amid intense fightng with militants from the Derna Mujahideen Shura Council (DMSC).
The DMSC is a coalition of extremist groups, linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS, which is currently controlling the city. The LNA is led by Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar. The LNA is currently working to consolidate its control of the eastern part of the country.
According to pro-LNA sources, after capturing Tamiskit Hills LNA troops, backed up by artillery and air strikes, advanced in the direction of Nusseibeh Bint Kaab Mosque in western Derna. LNA forces also captured the district of Fatayah and advanced on the district of Bab Tobruk in eastern Derna.
The pro-DMSC media is actively using the issue of “civilian casualties” in its propaganda against the LNA advance and is searching options to get some “intenrational support” to stop the LNA advance.
Reports also appeared that 16 DMSC militants were executed because they had attempted to surrender to the LNA.
The LNA launched its operation to retake control of Derna on May 7. The operation is reportedly backed by the UAE and Egypt.