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Libyan National Army Targets GNA in Sirte

Libyan National Army Targets GNA in Sirte

Thursday, 14 November, 2019 - 09:00
Members of Misrata forces, under the protection of Tripoli's forces, prepare themselves to go to the front line in Tripoli, Libya (File photo: Reuters)
Cairo - Khalid Mahmoud

The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, said it has raided sites of armed militias loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) in the coastal city of Sirte, and thwarted an attack south of the capital, Tripoli.


LNA’s air force attacked Wednesday morning various targets in Qaradabiya airbase in Sirte after it had received military intelligence tips on the locations, according to LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari.


Mismari added that the targets included a military operations room used to control drones and some sites storing and hiding drones.


He added that fighter jets bombed the sites in precise targets.


The spokesman said in the statement that the operation has achieved its objectives, and completely destroyed the facilities.


The LNA leadership announced that the main purpose of the strikes was to destroy the terrorist militias’ capabilities and prevent them from targeting the National Army.


In other news, Volcano of Rage Operation launched by the forces and militias loyal to the GNA, chaired by Fayez al-Sarraj, distributed photographs showing the destruction caused by the LNA in what it termed as an “indiscriminate shelling” in Saladin area in an attempt to compensate for the National Army’s losses south of Tripoli.


Meanwhile, Sarraj has ordered a 40 percent drop in the salaries of GNA representatives, and another decrease of 30 percent in salaries of advisers, starting 2020.


Sarraj’s office issued a statement on Facebook, saying the decrease in the wages will also include the Prime Minister and will be in effect starting January.


It also asked the Ministry of Finance to provide a proposal for the percentage to be cut from the salaries of the state administrative authorities' employees as well as to take the necessary measures to unify the salary for all public sector staff in Libya.


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