Libya's GNA says it regains full control of the capital, Tripoli
Forces fighting for Libya’s internationally recognised government said on Thursday they have regained full control over Tripoli.
The Government of National Accord (GNA) military operations room said in a statement its forces had captured all areas surrounding the Tripoli city administrative area.
Separately, a military source in the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) said it would complete its withdrawal on Thursday from the Tripoli districts of Ain Zara, Abu Salim and Qasr bin Gashir towards a town near its stronghold of Tarhuna.
GNA troops on Wednesday seized Tripoli’s international airport. It has been closed since 2014 and was held by the LNA’s commander Khalifa Haftar since last year when he launched his assault on the capital.
The military gains come after a series of battlefield victories against Haftar’s forces in recent weeks.
Since 2014, Libya has been split between rival factions based in Tripoli and in the east, in a sometimes chaotic war that has drawn in outside powers and a flood of foreign arms and mercenaries.
Haftar’s LNA, backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Russia, has been unable to make significant progress since early on in its campaign.
It still controls eastern and southern Libya, including most of the country’s oil facilities, and the city of Sirte, at the centre of Libya’s Mediterranean coastline.
The GNA, supported militarily by Turkey, has had Haftar’s forces on the run with the help of Turkish airpower that has turned the tide in the conflict.