BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA) scores an imperative advance this evening after a fierce battle with the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) forces.
Backed by heavy airstrikes, the forces loyal to Benghazi-based Field Marshal General Khalifa Haftar managed to crack the GNA’s lines in the Al-Aziziyeh area, forcing the latter to retreat north towards Tripoli.
The withdrawal of the GNA forces from Al-Aziziyeh ends the week-long battle for the area and puts the LNA in position to make a big push to reach the southern outskirts of Tripoli city.
Earlier this week, the LNA announced the second phase of their Tripoli offensive, which is also expected to be the last part of their capital city campaign.
Should the GNA lose Tripoli, they will be forced to withdraw to the coastal city of Misrata, which has long been a stronghold for their forces.
Turkey, Qatar, and Italy have called on the United Nations to halt the battle of Tripoli; however, with the LNA inching closer to the city each day, it is very unlikely that forces loyal to General Haftar will end their campaign.
Lastly, with support from Russia, France, Egypt, and the UAE, the LNA has the diplomatic sources to counter the nation’s opposing their offensive.