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Libyan National Army Says Repelled Attack of GNA Forces on Tripoli Airport
June 4, 2019
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The Libyan National Army (LNA) repelled the offensive of the forces of the
Government of National Accord (GNA) on Tripoli airport, the LNA General Command
press service director Khalifa Obeidi said on Monday.
“LNA repelled an armed attack by [GNA armed] groups… on Tripoli
airport on Sunday morning,” he said.
Obeidi noted that 15 GNA militants, including six mercenaries
from Chad, were killed in the clash.
In April, Khalifa Haftar, the head of the LNA, launched
an offensive to retake Tripoli from control of the
internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). The LNA
has already recaptured a number of settlements near the capital and
the Tripoli International Airport, located around 20 miles away
from the city. The forces loyal to the GNA announced a
counteroffensive, dubbed Volcano of Rage.
Since the overthrow and killing of Libya’s long-time leader Muammar
Gaddafi in 2011, the country has been gripped by conflict. Libya is
now divided between two governments, with the eastern part controlled
by the LNA, and the western part governed by the UN-backed GNA.