Government forces strike Haftar militias

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Tripoli, Libya

The UN-recognized Libyan government of national understanding (GNA) said on Monday it had targeted three airstrikes against the militia of warlord Khalifa Haftar, southeast of the capital Tripoli.

Following the airstrikes against militias in Tarhuna, a town 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Tripoli, Mustafa al-Majei, spokesperson for the GNA-led Operation Volcano of Rage, said to the Anadolu agency that a prudent calm reigns in the areas south of Tripoli. .

Al-Majei confirmed that government forces were maintaining their positions in the areas around Tarhuna.

On Saturday, GNA forces launched an operation to retake Tarhuna, a town of strategic value for Haftar and its last major stronghold in the region surrounding Tripoli.

Tarhuna is a major focal point for Haftar’s militias in their attack on Tripoli as well as for their supply lines from Al-Jufra air base.

The GNA has been under attack by Haftar’s forces since last April, with more than 1,000 dead in the violence. He launched Operation Peace Storm on March 26 to counter attacks on the capital.

Since the ousting of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: Haftar in eastern Libya, supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the GNA in Tripoli. , which enjoys UN and international recognition.

* Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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