Libyan Army carries out large-scale offensive on Haftar's forces in Al-Watiya airbase

Libyan Army carries out large-scale offensive on Haftar's forces in Al-Watiya airbase

May 05, 2020 - 17:57
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

A source from GNA forces said controlling Al-Watiya airbase will be in stages

The Libyan Army forces under the command of the Government of National Accord (GNA) have carried out a large-scale attack on Al-Watiya airbase, which is the last stronghold of Khalifa Haftar's forces in the western region, and they are now positioned at the front gate as clashes are still ongoing.

Prior to this attack, GNA forces had been encircling the airbase since April 13, when they recaptured seven towns and cities in western Libya from Haftar's forces.

The attack started before Tuesday with heavy artillery shelling and airstrikes, while on Tuesday dawn, at least 500 military vehicles headed to Al-Watiya airbase to drive Haftar's forces out.

A source from GNA forces said controlling Al-Watiya airbase will be in stages and Tuesday had been stage number one, adding that they had destroyed military vehicles for Haftar's forces and seized others.

Meanwhile, social media pages close to Libyan Army forces said about 12 fighters had been killed in Tuesday attack on Al-Watiya airbase, while Haftar's forces suffered the killing of the extremist Salafist commander of Al-Watiya airbase Osama Emsaik along with his assistants Muhannad Grerah and Ayman Al-Tumi as well as other fighters.