The Libyan National Army (LNA) has moved from its positions north of the International Airport and resumed its advance towards the country’s capital, Tripoli.
Al-Arabiya, a UAE-based channel, reported on June 8 that the LNA removed several barriers north of the airport. The army also destroyed at least three armored personnel carries (APCs) of forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA).
“Your armed forces advanced and captured positions and post of the militias’ gathering [LNA’s term for pro-GNA forces] after infecting loses in life and equipment on it,” the army’s media office said in a short press release.
Earlier this week, the LNA claimed that its warplanes destroyed a Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) west of Tripoli. The army also began targeting GNA positions in the capital’s outskirt with advanced Russian-made missiles.
While the LNA’s command is clearly determined to capture Tripoli, GNA forces are still holding onto their remaining positions south of the city. This line of defense will not likely be broken easily.