Late on May 7, Libyan Air Force (LAF) warplanes carried out a new wave of airstrikes on forces supporting the Government of National Accord (GNA).
Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Mesmari, a spokesman for the Libyan National Army (LNA), announced the start of an aerial operation, codenamed “Ababil Birds,” against GNA forces in the early hours of the morning.
The new airstrikes targeted ammo depots, fortified positions and gatherings of GNA forces in the outskirt of the village of Abugrein, south of the city of Misrat
“These aerial attacks come in the framework of the LAF’s Operation Ababil Birds, which is still ongoing at this moment,” the LNA’s media center said in a statement.
The first wave of the airstrikes, which took place in the early morning, targeted military bases in Misrata and the capital, Tripoli.
The high precision of the airstrikes led to speculations that they were carried out by the UAE Air Force (UAEAF). Several combat drones and light attack warplanes of the UAEAF are known to be deployed in Libya.
New satellite images also showed what appear to be 6 Mirage 2000-9 warplanes of the UAEAF in an Egyptian air base, located less than 90 km away from Libya.
Regardless of the side responsible for the airstrikes, Operation Ababil Birds has inflicted serious losses on GNA forces. The LNA could take advantage of this success to launch a new ground attack on Tripoli.