BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Colonel Mohamed Qanunu, a spokesman for the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, announced on Saturday, the targeting of locations and armed mechanisms of the Libyan National Army (LNA) around the strategic port-city of Sirt.

Qanunu said in a press statement this morning confirmed that the “the air force (GNA) carried out five combat strikes south of Sirte targeting armed vehicles, including Emirati armored vehicles of the Haftar terrorist and mercenaries.”

The spokesperson for the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, said at a press conference yesterday that great international pressure is being exerted on the Libyan Army, pointing to receiving international demands to retreat 60 km from the Tripoli border.

He said that the LNA forces were bombed while retreating, describing the Turks as “invaders who did not abide by any obligations” during the withdrawal of the Libyan National Army .

Libya is suffering from an armed conflict that claimed the lives of thousands, after the fall of the government of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The country has witnessed, since the Skhirat Agreement was reached in 2015, a sharp division in state institutions between the east, which is run by the House of Representatives and the army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and the western part of the country, which is run by the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, which is the internationally recognized government.

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