BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, Colonel Mohammad Qanunu, announced on Saturday that their air force had begun to attack the port-city of Sirte, thus initiating the second battle for this area in northern Libya.
According to the Qanunu, the GNA’s air force targeted armored vehicles belonging to the Libyan National Army (LNA) in and around Sirte.
A spokesman for the so-called Sirte Operations Room – Al-Jafra Abdul Hadi Dara also announced the launch of Operation “Path of Victory” to control the areas of Al-Washaka, Buwairat, Al-Hassoun, Jarif, Abu Hadi, Sirte and Al-Jafra from the army’s grip.
On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would increase its support for the Government of National Accord, headed by Fayez al-Sirraj, despite saying that there was no solution to the conflict there except a political solution.
Erdogan said in a press conference with Al-Sirraj in Ankara that Turkey and Libya will enhance the exploration for oil in the eastern Mediterranean.
On Friday, the spokesperson for the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari , said that great international pressure was being exerted on the LNA forces, pointing to receiving international demands to retreat 60 km from the Tripoli border.