Libya: Haftar’s LNA begins to strike back after string of losses | Middle East Eye

Libya: Haftar’s LNA begins to strike back after string of losses | Middle East Eye

2 Giugno 2020 0 Di marco zinno

By MEE correspondent

Published date: 2 June 2020 14:16 UTC | Last update: 2 sec ago

Following a string of significant losses in western Libya, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has renewed its offensive in mountain regions, advancing towards the strategic town of Ghariyan.  LNA forces retook the town of Asabiah, lying around 15km southwest of Ghariyan, on Monday, while conducting extensive aerial attacks on positions held by forces aligned to the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). Haftar’s progress is the first success in recent weeks, as the LNA begins to reformulate its strategy after pulling troops from the Tripoli frontlines.’Pulling back troops from Tripoli front lines is a strategy to avoid another Benghazi scenario’- Abdullah, policemanMeanwhile, the UN announced late Monday that both sides had agreed to restart ceasefire talks.“Pulling back troops from Tripoli front lines is a strategy to avoid another Benghazi scenario,” policeman Abdullah, who is close to senior LNA personnel, said referring to the damage wrecked on the eastern city earlier in Libya’s conflict.“The LNA soldiers were getting deep inside Tripoli, and to continue fighting on those lines would cause more civilian casualties and widespread destruction of civilian homes. Even one sniper on a building can lead to large-scale destruction, which the LNA are trying to avoid.”

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