The Libyan National Army (LNA) captured the air-defense camp east of the coastal city of Sirte in a surprise attack on May 3 marking the beginning of its advance towards the Libyan capital, Tripoli, from the eastern direction.
While the LNA’s press office hasn’t confirmed the capture of the air-defense camp yet, Libyan activists released a video showing army personnel inside the camp.
Sirte, which is located 360km east of Tripoli, is one of the few ports remained under the control of the Government of National Accord (GNA). The city’s port is one of the key oil-exporting ports in the country.
This new push will likely increase the pressure on pro-GNA forces, which are already struggling to hold onto their last remaining positions south of Tripoli. Earlier today, units of the LNA were able to cut off the road between the town of Aziziyah and the Libyan capital, after killing dozens of GNA fighters, including three field commanders.
The LNA may mange to reach the vicinity of Sirt in the upcoming few days. However, radical militias from the nearby Misrata city, that support the GNA, will likely attempt to stop the army’s advance.