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LNA Strikes Misrata as Sarraj Visits Rome

LNA Strikes Misrata as Sarraj Visits Rome

Thursday, 19 September, 2019 - 05:45
Forces loyal to the LNA. (AFP)
Cairo - Khaled Mahmoud

The Libyan National Army was in a race against time on Wednesday to liberate the capital, Tripoli, from the militias that are loyal to the Government of National Accord, headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, revealing that it had struck positions in Misrata city.

Its warplanes had carried out “precise” raids on a Turkish position inside the air academy in Misrata.

Its media office warned that more strikes will be carried out “as long as the city continues to harbor suspicious activity of foreign countries that support terrorism in our nation.”

A prominent LNA military official, meanwhile, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the army was determined to “develop” its attacks after intensifying its air strikes against the militias ahead of storming Tripoli.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said the military had carried out preemptive strikes against militia supply routes and positions.

He added that the militias in the capital were completely demoralized given their inability to counter the LNA air strikes.

He added that the LNA’s speeding up of its operation against the capital may be aimed at blocking any political solutions or initiatives. He made his remark in indirect reference to efforts by the United Nations mission in Libyan to hold an international conference on the war-torn country in Germany soon.

Meanwhile, Sarraj was in Rome for talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

He quoted the PM as saying that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya, adding that Italy was keen on finding a political settlement.

Conte also expressed support for Sarraj’s proposal to hold a meeting on Libya that would lead to a comprehensive agreement by all Libyan parties.

He hailed what he called the effective role of the GNA in combating and defeating terrorism, as well as the role of the coastguard in cracking down on illegal migrants.

Sarraj, for his part, expressed his appreciation for Italy’s rejection of the aggression and support for the democratic path in Libya.

The aggressor, meaning LNA commander Khalifa Haftar, is no longer a partner in the political solution, he remarked according to a statement from his office.

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