Libya’s east-based forces say key coastal city captured
January 7, 2020 - Libya’s eastern-based forces say they have taken control of the coastal city of Sirte from the U.N.-recognised government in Tripoli, in what would be a key strategic gain.
The announcement comes amid a major offensive by the eastern-based forces to take Tripoli. The capital city is the seat of a rival Libyan government, which is supported by the United Nations.
Libya is currently governed by dueling authorities in the east and in Tripoli in the west, each relying on different militias.
Commander Khalifa Hafter declared a “final” and decisive battle to take Tripoli last month. Fighting and shelling between the two sides has been raging there since April, with neither side making much progress.