BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army’s (SAA) heavy assault over the eastern countryside of Misrata last night resulted in big losses for the Turkish-backed forces, LNA reports said on Monday.

According to the reports, dozens of fighters from the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) were killed or wounded during the attack, including some foreign mercenaries.

In addition to the heavy losses in personnel, the Government of National Accord forces also lost a number of armored and technical vehicles that were parked at the Campo 50 base east of Misrata city.

Last night’s attack by the Libyan National Army was arguably the largest air assault on the GNA’s positions in the last two weeks.

The Libyan National Army had refrained from launching any big attacks against the GNA since the latter’s failed offensive at Sirte; however, the Turkish-backed forces are once again amassing troops in north-central Libya for a new offensive.

Both Turkey and Egypt are watching Sirte closely, with the latter declaring the city a “red line.

Sirte was captured by the Libyan National Army earlier this year, when they launched a surprise offensive in north-central Libya,

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