Clashes between Haftar's forces, Third Force erupt nearby Tamnihint airbase, Sabha

Clashes between Haftar's forces, Third Force erupt nearby Tamnihint airbase, Sabha

April 05, 2017 - 16:59
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Early Wednesday morning, Dignity Operation fighter aircraft started bombing locations around Tamnihint airbase in the southern city of Sabha, according to Jamal Al-Treki, the Third Force's commander.

Later on, the Third Force, which is appointed to secure the airbase and the entire southern region, engaged in heavy clashes with Pro-Haftar armed groups led by Mohammed Ben Nayel - a staunch follower of Khalifa Haftar.

"We have been clashing with those armed groups led by Ben Nayel since the morning and they are using medium and heavy weapons in the vicinity of Tamnihint airbase." Sources from Third Force told local media.

"Dignity Operation warplanes are taking off from Barak airbase, some 80 km away from Tamnihint airbase." Al-Treki told Al-Nabaa TV on Wednesday afternoon.

He also stressed that the Haftar-led air force had conducted at least two airstrikes on Tamnihint airbase, adding that there were no damages reported.

"I believe that the Presidential Council is a body that is in favor of Haftar and is actually trying to cover for his actions." Al-Treki told the local media outlet.