A LNA commander was killed; Houthi retake military base; Sudan army downs a drone
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on April 1 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Libya: Haftar commander killed in clashes with GNA forces
A commander in the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) loyal to General Khalifa Haftar was killed yesterday along with one of his aides in clashes with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) forces in Al-Washka, Sputnik has reported.
They were named by a military source as LNA commander Salem Driaq and Gaddafi Al-Sadai. Driaq was the commander of the Sirte operations room.
The LNA has been attacking Tripoli for nearly a year, hoping to capture the capital where the internationally-recognised GNA is based. The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia have been supporting Haftar’s forces, while Turkey and allied Syrian fighters are backing the GNA.
Diplomacy has foundered, with the latest round of talks in Geneva making no progress towards a political solution last month. Moreover, the UN envoy to Libya resigned for health reasons. Before he quit, Ghassan Salame warned that the arms embargo on Libya was being violated routinely, with foreign weaponry and fighters arriving in the country on both sides.
Last Thursday, the European Union said that it would launch a new naval and air mission to stop further breaches of the embargo.
Houthi forces retake military base as they surround Marib
The Houthi-allied Yemeni armed forces have retaken Al-Labnat military base in Al-Jawf province from the Saudi-backed mercenaries fighting to reinstate exiled President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. This is the first time in five years that it has been under Houthi control.
The pro-Hadi Islah militia at the base was reported to have handed weapons over to the Houthi forces.
The Houthis’ advance now means that they are getting closer to encircling the remaining Islah-stronghold of Marib. Saudi-supported ground forces are close to losing another northern Yemen province following most of Al-Jawf falling to the Houthi-led forces at the beginning of the month.
It is speculated that the next target will be the Mas military base situated in Marib province. There are also ongoing battles to capture Kofal camp from Saudi-backed forces. The assaults are launched from Sirwah, which is currently under the control of the pro-Houthi military.
Sudan army downs drone flying over Burhan’s house
The Sudanese army said on Sunday that it downed an unmanned aerial vehicle that was flying in the vicinity of the house of the Sovereign Council’s Chair Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Anadolu Agency has reported.
The drone was launched to monitor the night time curfew, a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus, the Sudanese army’s spokesman Amer Mohamed Al-Hassan told Anadolu.
Hassan added that the Province of Khartoum’s security committee sought to use an exceptionally high-tech measure to monitor the capital but it did not officially notify the presidential guard beforehand.
The drone flew two rounds around the president’s house, which is located at the headquarters of the General Command of the Armed Forces, before the presidential guard fired at it, according to Al-Hassan.
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