Libyan National Army Commander Orders Offensive on Tripoli

Earlier, the Government of National Accord located in Tripoli, which is in control of the western part of the country, announced its military preparedness amid news of an advance of the Libyan National Army into the government’s territories.

Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), has ordered his forces to begin an offensive against Tripoli to “liberate it from terrorists”, referring to the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj and formed with the support of the UN and the EU. Haftar called on citizens of Tripoli to lay down their arms and raise the white flag.

The LNA has reportedly seized control over the cities of Surman and Garyan, located west and south of Tripoli respectively, Sky News Arabia reported.