Haftar’s army holds Libyan GNA and pro-Turkish forces 50 kilometers from Sirte
TRIPOLI, (BM) – Libyan National Army (LNA) Marshal Khalifa Haftar keeps the Libyan National Harmony Government forces 50 kilometers from Sirte, official spokesman for the LNA Ahmed al-Mismari told BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the representative of the LNA, Haftar’s units, after withdrawing troops from Tripoli and relocating, managed to repel “massive, large GNA attacks on Sirte.”
“The armed forces were able to repel this attack and established a line of defense at a distance of 50 to 90 kilometers from Sirte. The line extends from the region of Buirat al-Hassun to Wadi Jarif,” al-Mismari said
The LNA representative also said that the GNA troops are currently trying to concentrate their forces for a new attack on Sirte.
“Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants to continue military operations until he takes control of the entire region of the oil crescent, and only after that he will negotiate,” al-Mismari said.
In Libya, the confrontation continues between the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Sarraj, which controls Tripoli and territories in the west of the country and is supported by Turkey, and the Libyan National Army under the command of Khalifa Haftar, which is supported politically by Egypt.
The roles of Russia and Turkey in Libya
Turkey has focused on helping the legitimacy of the Western government in Tripoli. So far, there has been no direct involvement of Turkish troops, but Ankara is paying mercenaries from Syria and Libya to fight.
The West accuses Turkey of using underage Syrian youth as part of its mercenary army.
At the same time, Russia prefers to supply military equipment to Haftar’s forces. It’s almost no fault of a week without a Russian cargo plane landing in Libya laden with equipment.
For example, on June 26 according to representatives of the GNA, 11 Russian-made military transport aircraft such as An and Il made a landing at Al-Girdabiye airbase near the city of Sirte. It is also reported on the transfer there of mercenaries from Syria, as well as six complexes “Pantsir-S1”.
Russia has also been accused of fueling the conflict and the Libyan civil war through the private company Wagner, which has military equipment and two MiG-29 fighters based in Libya.
Libyan tribes for the Russia participation
Libyan tribes want Russia to play a more important role in resolving the crisis in the country, as we reported earlier today [July – ed.] citing the vice-chairman of the supreme council of the sheikhs and elders of the tribes of Libya, as-Senusi al-Khalik statement.
According to him, the position of the Russian Federation on resolving the conflict is strong and meets the national interests of the residents of Libya. He called the Russians strong allies with great experience. Al-Khalik also noted that most of the weapons in Libya are specifically Russian or Soviet-made.
Earlier, the Supreme Council of Sheikhs and Elders of the Libyan Tribes wanted to open a bank account in Russia to distribute profits from the sale of oil to all residents of the country. The money will go to the development of the healthcare system, education and infrastructure in the state.
The participation of Egypt
Any possible direct intervention in Libya by Egypt will have a legitimate status. This was stated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi while visiting a military base in Sidi Barrani near the Libyan border on June 21.
“Any direct intervention by the Egyptian state has now gained international legitimacy,” said al-Sisi. According to him, this right is based on the need to protect the borders of Egypt from terrorist groups, put an end to bloodshed in Libya and support efforts to launch a political process there under the auspices of the UN.
Al-Sisi added that Cairo will not allow the Libyan Government’s National Accord (GNA) forces to take the city of Sirte and the municipality of Al Jufra, which are under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to the president, this will become a “red line”, which Egypt will not allow to cross.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
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