By Walid Abdallah
Forces loyal to the UN-backed Tripoli-based Libyan unity government announced Thursday that they had repelled two attacks – one by Daesh and the other by forces led by Commander Khalifa Haftar – in the city of Sirte, in the center-north.
“Our forces are fully prepared to deal with any further attack by ISIS remnants or Al-Karama militiamen [i.e., pro-Haftar forces]forces affiliated with the government of national unity said in a statement posted on their official Facebook page.
According to the same statement, the two attacks in Sirte – which took place on Wednesday evening – were aimed at “destabilizing the city and threatening its security”.
They went on to say that as pro-government forces prepared to face an assault from Daesh terrorists south of Sirte, they were attacked by pro-Haftar forces from neighboring neighborhoods of Al-Heniwah and Abu Hadi on the outskirts of town. .
“But our forces managed to repel both attacks,” the statement read, adding that no casualties were suffered in the melee.
Based in the city of Tobruk, pro-Haftar forces have yet to comment on the claims.
Libya has been locked in a state of violence and unrest since 2011, when a bloody popular uprising ended with the ouster and death of former President Muammar Gaddafi.
Following Gaddafi’s departure, the country’s blatant political divisions ceded two rival seats of government – one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli – and a host of competing armed groups.
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