Eastern forces withdrew from parts of the capital Tripoli
The withdrawal was made after the LNA lost control of the Watiya Air Base in southwestern capital, Tripoli, to forces supporting the Libyan National Solidarity Government (GNA). This was a blow to the force’s one-year campaign to capture the capital.
LNA spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari said the force had conducted a force rearrangement and withdrew from a number of densely populated areas.
Libya has experienced escalating political divisions and violence since the 2011 coup to overthrow leader Moamer Gadhafi. There exist two governments in this country with their own armed forces. The Libyan National Solidarity Government (GNA) operating in the capital, Tripoli, is recognized by the United Nations (UN) and is supported by armed groups, while the LNA force of General Khalifa Haftar supports the government in the East. .
The violence has been on the rise since April 2019 when General Haftar began a military campaign to gain control of the capital Tripoli from GNA. Fierce fighting has left thousands dead, forcing more than 300,000 people to leave their homes and about 800,000 people rely on humanitarian aid. Turkey has expressed its support for the GNA and has signed a military cooperation agreement with the government to repel LNA attacks.