Haftar continues advancing on Tripoli

epa02950139 Libyan rebel tanks are seen on a tank on the frontline of Sirte, Libya, 04 October 2011. According to media report, Libyan rebels backed by heavy shelling started to advance late 03 October into Sirte, one of the last bastions of fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi's supporters. Qasr Abui Hadi, with 4,890 inhabitants 20 kilometers south of Sirte, is where Gaddafi was reportedly born in a nomad tent in 1942. Reports state that most of the town was empty as residents have fled. EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

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In spite of various international appeals, the Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of Khalifa Haftar continued its march on the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

Haftar’s forces announced that they captured a barracks of Osama al-Juwaili’s Fourth Brigade in the Aziziya area around 50 kilometers south of Tripoli with reports of several fighters loyal to Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) captured.

LNA forces appear to be advancing on two fronts, from the south and southeast of Tripoli, while coastal roads to the east and west of the city are defended by fighters loyal to the GNA.

The United Nations said at least 4,500 Tripoli residents had been displaced, most moving away from homes in conflict areas to safer districts. Many more were trapped, it said.

Sources in Libya said that there were heavy clashes are taking place in two of the most violent front lines in the fighting between the forces loyal to the GNA and the LNA.

The clashes in Yarmouk camp in southern Tripoli have been very fierce and the latest news says the GNA forces are now in full control of the area, with some sources saying the fighting in there have caused tens of causalities.

Likewise, after many hit-and-run attacks on Tripoli International Airport, sources confirmed that Haftar’s forces had regained control now of the airport with skirmished still going on in its vicinity.

Via The Libya Express



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