UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — 5 camps in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, witnessed violent clashes that took the nature of hit-and-run, given their strategic importance (despite the presence of other less important camps), as focal points, and their role in drawing milestones for the progress and retreat of each side.
1 – Al-Takbali camp: about 10 km from the heart of the capital, and Khalifa Haftar militias took control of it during its advance in Salah al-Din, south of Tripoli, on December 26, 2019, but on January 2, 2010, Al-Wefaq forces managed to restore it , And the camp represents an important focal point in the zig-zag road of Salah al-Din, whether for defenders or attackers.
2 – The headquarters of the Chiefs of Staff: It is located on the airport road, and it is considered the maximum point reached by the militia of Haftar, which announced on December 27 last, its control over the headquarters, but the reconciliation forces managed to restore it on January 2, in a counter attack in which several important areas were recovered.
It is worth noting that the offices of the Chief of Staff, Major General Mohamed al-Sharif, and the leaders of the Libyan army affiliated with the Al-Wefaq Government, are not at the headquarters of the “Chief of Staff,” as the name implies, but rather the actual headquarters of the Chief of Staff is located in another area in the heart of the capital.
3 – Hamza Camp: It is located in the mixture axis, north of the agricultural plateau project, and is only 15 km from the center of Tripoli, and Haftar militias announced control over it on December 13th, and this allowed them to approach the Abu Salim al-Shaabi neighborhood and its famous prison, which is considered One of the southern gates towards the heart of the capital, making it within the reach of its artillery.
4- Al-Yarmouk Camp: It is considered one of the largest and most important camps, and it is located in Khalat Al-Furjan area, south of Salah Al-Din area, south of Tripoli, and there are also two less important camps near it, namely the missile camp and the Military Police camp, along the Yarmouk axis and up to the Salah al-Din axis There are many camps, which explain the occurrence of several fierce battles and clashes in this axis.
At the beginning of its attack on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, Haftar’s forces took control of the camp, but soon Al-Wefaq forces recovered it, and after that, hit and run battles took place, in which the two sides exchanged control of the Yarmouk camp many times, to the extent that it became empty from within, according to Some sources, due to the ease of storming it or targeting it with artillery or flying, leaving a large number of deaths among the forces stationed in it.
5- Transport camp: It is located on the airport road, and it is considered one of the advanced points in defending the heart of Tripoli (about 20 km away), and witnessed several clashes, and the two sides exchanged control over it, as it is located on one of the main axes from which Haftar militias depart from Tripoli Airport. Al-Qadim towards the center of the capital, while Al-Wefaq forces used the camp as one of the starting points for their attacks to liberate the old airport.
On December 28, the militias of Haftar declared their control over the camp, but on the same day, Al-Wefaq forces confirmed their recovery, considering that what happened is not control, but rather an infiltration of Haftar elements.
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