LNA reaches the outskirts of Tripoli

epa07489298 Vehicles and militants, reportedly from the Misrata militia, gather to join Tripoli forces, in Tripoli, Libya, 06 April 2019. According to reports, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar ordered Libyan forces loyal to him to take the capital Tripoli, held by a UN-backed unity government, sparking fears of further escalation in the country. EPA-EFE/STRINGER

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The Libyan National Army (LNA), under the command of Khalifa Haftar, says it has advanced into the outskirts of Tripoli as it continues its thrust against the internationally recognised government in Tripoli.

The LNA controls the East of Libya, running a parallel administration to that of the Tripoli government.

Fighting has been reported near the former international airport, which the LNA claims now to control.

Antionio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations held talks with offensive leader Khalifa Haftar on Friday, but left the country without achieving a breakthrough.

The governments of the US, UAE, France, Italy and UK issued a statement expressing their deep concern about the possibility of conflict calling for an immediate de-escalation.

The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, has reiterated the calls of the Secretary General on all sides of the fighting to deescalate and commit to the political process.Salame said the aim of the UNSMIL is achieving peace and helping the Libyan people.

He also said that the UN is working on a political solution to the crisis and won’t accept a military solution.


Via Euronews

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