War on Tripoli: Second month in with the UN urging for truce

War on Tripoli: Second month in with the UN urging for truce

May 05, 2019 - 22:50
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Khalifa Haftar's offensive on Tripoli has entered the second month without any solid achievement, that is the entry to Tripoli, which was scheduled by Haftar in the span of 48 hours.

Clashes between Haftar's forces and the Libyan Army forces under the Presidential Council's government command are still ongoing with the latter taking an offensive stance contrary to the defensive one taken in the first weeks of the attack.

On Sunday, fighting intensified in Tuwaysha, Qasir Benghashir and Zatarna areas, with sources reporting that the Volcano of Rage Operation forces advanced in Qasir Benghashir frontline and would soon be in control of Afiya Hospital and Funduk Al-Sharif areas, which are currently under Haftar's forces control.

"Our forces destroyed several military vehicles for Haftar's forces and advanced on Tripoli International Airport frontline ringing in the remaining fighters in south of the airport." Sources from the operation said.

Clashes in Al-Zatarna, southern Tajoura, were an exchange of artillery without a remarkable advance from any side.

Air Force of the Libyan Army forces under the Presidential Council's government command carried out 9 airstrikes on Haftar's forces positions in Gharyan, Al-Watiya airbase, Beer Al-Alem, and Wadi Rabea, on the other hand, Haftar's warplanes targeted an area near Al-Zahraa Brigade without reported casualties, according to the sources.

They added that several fighters from Haftar's forces had been captured, while others had been killed including a prominent senior leader in Tuwaysha.

The UNSMIL, meanwhile, called on all parties to commit to an extendable one-week humanitarian truce, however; no party has so far issued a reply to the UNSMIL's call.