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Forces of the “Government of National Accord” supported by Turkey, announces its control over an air base in western Libya

The forces of the so-called "Government of National Accord" Libyan government led by "Fayez al-Sarraj", announced that they were able to control Al-Watiya air base southwest of the capital, Tripoli, after the withdrawal of the Libyan army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Forces of the “Government of National Accord” supported by Turkey, announces its control over an air base in western Libya

A spokesman for “Government of National Accord” government, Colonel Muhammad Qnono, said that their forces have completely took control over the base, which is about
160 km southwest of “Tripoli”, without giving further details about the operation.

Field sources indicated to the “Syrian Documentation Center” that the Turkish-backed forces of the “Government of National Accord” have mobilized militants from the cities of “Al-Zawiya”, “Misrata” and “Zuwara” in addition to the militants of the Turkish-backed Syrian factions to attack the base after several failure attempts to seize it.

Turkish planes were used, as the base suffered more than 100 Turkish air strikes during the past few days, which forced the Libyan army forces to withdraw.

The escalation of the Turkish-backed “Government of National Accord” forces came despite the Libyan army’s announcement earlier that it was ready to start a ceasefire during the month of Ramadan, but the Turkish insistence on pursuing the battles prevented a calming.

In spite of the international pressure to stop the fighting and return to the negotiating table in order to reach a political settlement, the Turkish military interference increases the fighting intensity and prevents any attempts to calm the situation, as Ankara continues to send members of the Syrian factions to Libya in addition to weapons and ammunition shipments to support the “Government of National Accord” forces regardless of the international decision to ban any weapon supplies to Libya, as it also supplies them with drones, which have played a major role in the battles to control Al-Watiya air base.

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