EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Libyan pro-government forces walk next to their vehicle mounted with a machine gun on May 18, 2016 in Abu Grein, south of Libya's third city Misrata, a day after Libya's unity government recaptured the area from the Islamic State (IS) group. four of the Bodies of The organization of the Islamic State (Daash) in a truck in Abu Qurayn About 300 km east of the Libyan capital Tripoli , on May 18, 2016. The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces said on Facebook that they recaptured Abu Grein strategic crossroads, where the coastal highway meets the main road south into the desert interior on May 17, 2016. /

Libyan forces backed by US airstrikes said on Tuesday that they had taken control of one of the last districts in central Sirte occupied by ISIL fighters.

Forces aligned with Libya’s UN-backed government in Tripoli are three months into a campaign to oust ISIL from their former North African stronghold and have captured most of the coastal city.

“On Tuesday morning clashes erupted… that led successfully to the recapture of neighborhood Number 2 with the cooperation of a tank unit to confront ISIL snipers,” said Rida Issa, a spokesman.

“The neighborhood is now completely under control of our forces.”

 

AFP

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