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“Short skirmish” near Libya's Tripoli as Haftar's LNA heads west | News

Libya's internationally recognized government in Tripoli has declared a military alert for Eastern forces loyal to resigning General Khalifa Haftar, saying they had moved to the western part of the country. A brief twilight between Haftar's self-styled Libyan national army (LNA) and forces allied with Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, head of Tripoli-based administration, was reported Wednesday night near a city south of the capital. "Right now, the [there] collapse south of Tripoli … in Gharyan," said LNA's spokesman Ahmed Mismari to the al-Arabiya channel in the UAE. No accidents or data were immediately available. The oil-rich country that has been in since the NATO-backed removal of its long-term ruler Muammar Gaddafi 201 1 has at least two rival administrations: one based in Tripoli and another in the eastern town of Tobruk, which is allied wit Haftar. In recent years, Haftar has expanded its foot in large parts of Libya and has repeatedly expressed its intention to march on Tripoli. "Escalation" Earlier on Wednesday, LNA's media center said on Facebook that several units were heading "to the western region to clear it for the remaining terrorist groups". Its statement gave no details, but the area seems to be the coastal road connecting the eastern city of Benghazi, LNA's main base, with Tripoli in western Libya. An accompanying video showed a column of dozens of armed vehicles moving along a road, but it was not immediately possible to identify their location or destination. Serraj, relying on patches of armed groups with flexible…

Libya’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli has declared a military alert for Eastern forces loyal to resigning General Khalifa Haftar, saying they had moved to the western part of the country.

A brief twilight between Haftar’s self-styled Libyan national army (LNA) and forces allied with Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, head of Tripoli-based administration, was reported Wednesday night near a city south of the capital.

“Right now, the [there] collapse south of Tripoli … in Gharyan,” said LNA’s spokesman Ahmed Mismari to the al-Arabiya channel in the UAE.

No accidents or data were immediately available.

The oil-rich country that has been in since the NATO-backed removal of its long-term ruler Muammar Gaddafi 201

1 has at least two rival administrations: one based in Tripoli and another in the eastern town of Tobruk, which is allied wit Haftar.

In recent years, Haftar has expanded its foot in large parts of Libya and has repeatedly expressed its intention to march on Tripoli.

“Escalation”

Earlier on Wednesday, LNA’s media center said on Facebook that several units were heading “to the western region to clear it for the remaining terrorist groups”.

Its statement gave no details, but the area seems to be the coastal road connecting the eastern city of Benghazi, LNA’s main base, with Tripoli in western Libya. An accompanying video showed a column of dozens of armed vehicles moving along a road, but it was not immediately possible to identify their location or destination.

Serraj, relying on patches of armed groups with flexible loyalty, called Eastern Progress an “escalation” and urged Haftar’s forces to “stop using the language”.

He said he had ordered pro government forces to prepare to “face all threats … of terrorist groups, criminals, assaults and all who threaten security in every Libyan city”.

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Report from Tripoli, Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed said that LNA’s positioning is a strength.

“Many analysts and military experts in Libya say this is some form of force or force. Haftar’s forces use it to first and to frighten their opponents in the western part of the country and secondly to test their power,” he said.

“They want to see who wants to confront them in the western area.”

The United Nations holds a conference this month in the southwestern city of Ghadames to discuss a political solution to prepare the country for long-delayed elections

Abdelwahed said it was possible that Haftar would like to reach Tripoli before the conference “so that he could commit himself as a de facto security manager in the western area”.

Analysts doubt that LNA may be launching a full-scale attack because it has advanced with the southern advance and is dependent on tribes and other help forces.

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