After six years under the control of warlord Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s UN-backed government has taken over control of the al Watiya air base.
Warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militias have been hit by stinging defeats in the country’s west after the collapse of their siege of Tripoli.
The Libyan warlord has consistently upped the ante, but only has a losing hand to show for it.
Here’s a quick look into the groups that fuel Khalifa Haftar’s war against the UN-backed government in Tripoli.
The announcement comes after Libyan Army's recent gains against militias of warlord Khalifa Haftar, which are supported by France, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.
The UN mission in Libya, meanwhile, voiced concern about an escalation of fighting between rival forces over Tripoli in recent days and also condemned Haftar militias' “indiscriminate bombardment” of civilian neighbourhoods in Tripoli.
Recent escalation of fighting between the UN-recognised government in Tripoli and warlord Haftar's militia has fueled concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. Libya has reported at least 26 cases of the virus and one fatality.
The relentless attacks and revolving door of mercenaries widen Libyans' exposure to the pandemic.
It appeared to be the first such attack on Tripoli's port since Libyan militia loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar began their siege of the city almost a year ago.
United Nations Libya Envoy Ghassan Salame said there is “genuine will” among the rival parties of war to sit and start negotiating together.
For more than a decade, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has devoted a lot of his time to cultivating friendly relations with African countries, and his 2020 tour to the continent is part of that long-standing approach.
US says oil exports blocked by illegal militia of Khalifa Haftar must "resume" immediately, while Turkey's FM Mevlut Cavusoglu says Haftar must choose "political solution."
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