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Libya: GNA claim victory in battle for control of Greater Tripoli01:30

Libya: GNA claim victory in battle for control of Greater Tripoli

Libya, Tripoli
June 5, 2020 at 06:57 GMT -00:00 · Published

Forces of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) have said they have retaken have control of all administrative borders of Greater Tripoli, including the territory of Tripoli International Airport, from the Libyan National Army (LNA), according to footage from Thursday.

GNA forces can be seen examining captured LNA military vehicles, smouldering wrecks of tanks and vehicle-mounted rocket launchers, and multiple damaged buildings in the area of Fam Molga, on the outskirts of Tripoli, in the Murqub district.

GNA have insisted they have control of Tripoli for some days already, but now say they also have the greater region.

According to local media, LNA are allegedly pulling back forces from the region, but have not officially commented. Tripoli has been besieged since April 2019.

Following the ousting of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the country has been split into areas controlled by the GNA in Tripoli and the northwest, and territories held by eastern-based LNA in Benghazi, led by General Khalifa Haftar.

Libya: GNA claim victory in battle for control of Greater Tripoli01:30
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Forces of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) have said they have retaken have control of all administrative borders of Greater Tripoli, including the territory of Tripoli International Airport, from the Libyan National Army (LNA), according to footage from Thursday.

GNA forces can be seen examining captured LNA military vehicles, smouldering wrecks of tanks and vehicle-mounted rocket launchers, and multiple damaged buildings in the area of Fam Molga, on the outskirts of Tripoli, in the Murqub district.

GNA have insisted they have control of Tripoli for some days already, but now say they also have the greater region.

According to local media, LNA are allegedly pulling back forces from the region, but have not officially commented. Tripoli has been besieged since April 2019.

Following the ousting of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the country has been split into areas controlled by the GNA in Tripoli and the northwest, and territories held by eastern-based LNA in Benghazi, led by General Khalifa Haftar.

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