Libya's GNA seizes full control of Al-Watiya airbase, Haftar's forces flee

Libya's GNA seizes full control of Al-Watiya airbase, Haftar's forces flee

May 18, 2020 - 13:07
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Army forces under the command of the Government of National Accord (GNA) have seized full control of Al-Watiya airbase in western Libya from Khalifa Haftar’s forces, who have fled the base leaving behind all their military equipment, weapons and ammunition.

The liberation was confirmed by the Presidential Council's announcement, which said that Libyan Army and backup forces have recaptured the airbase from the "criminal militias and terrorists mercenaries of Haftar."

The Presidential Council also hailed the courage of the Libyan Army and backup forces after they had defeated Haftar's forces and pushed out of the strategic airbase in western Libya.

In the meantime, the spokesman for the Volcano of Rage Operation Mustafa Al-Majaie told local media Monday morning that GNA forces had seized Al-Watiya and all military equipment inside it from Haftar’s forces, including a Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft system that was provided by UAE to help Haftar in his war on Tripoli.

Footage and photos from inside Al-Watiya showed GNA forces seizing massive amounts of ammunition and arms left by the fleeing Haftar's forces.

The spokesman added that after seizing Al-Watiya airbase, GNA forces can now easily advance on Tarhouna, vowing to liberate the city along with southern Tripoli frontlines from Haftar’s forces as a next phase of the liberation efforts led by Libyan Army and backup forces.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Defense of the GNA, Mohammed Al-Sharif, confirmed to Libya Alahrar TV that after liberating Al-Watiya airbase, GNA forces will liberate southern Tripoli and Tarhouna from Haftar’s forces, praising the bravery and patriotism of the fighters under the command of the GNA.