Libyan forces loyal to the internationally recognized unity government pushed into the last remaining sections of Sirte held by ISIS, a spokesman said.
“Our forces entered the last areas held by Daesh (ISIS) in Sirte: district number one and district number three,” said Rida Issa.
“The final battle for Sirte has started,” said the spokesman for forces backing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).
The spokesman then went onto claim that 1,000 GNA are taking part in the offensive to take back Qaddafi’s former stronghold.
GNA forces claimed on their Facebook page that the push in Sirte began only “after air strikes overnight by the warplanes of international support” hit ISIS positions
AFP reported that ore than 350 pro-GNA fighters have been killed and nearly 2,000 wounded in the battle, according to medical sources, because of ISIS sniper fire, suicide bombings and booby traps. ISIS casualty figures are not available.