The Libyan National Army (LNA) advanced on December 27 towards the country’s capital, Tripoli, capturing a strategic highway and several areas from forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA).
In an official statement, the LNA’s media center announced that army units had captured the Tripoli airport highway, the fuel tanks, al-Furusiyah bridge and al-Naqliyah camp.
Later, sources affiliated with the LNA said that the former Libyan military staff headquarters was also captured from pro-GNA forces.
Maj. Gen. Khaled al-Mahjoub, Director of the Guidance Department of the LNA, told al-Arabiya that army units are now only 4 km away from Tripoli’s city center. The commander also claimed that many pro-GNA fighters were killed during the clashes on the Tripoli airport highway.
GNA forces denied any advance by the LNA, claiming that their troops had recaptured the Tripoli airport highway. However, no evidence backing these claims was presented.
The LNA’s new ground push towards Tripoli came amid reports of a near Turkish military intervention in Libya. Many sources said that Ankara is planning to deploy ground and naval forces, as well as some of its Syrian proxies, in Libya to support the GNA.