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Libyan army seizes strategic foothold in a suburb of Tripoli

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar announced on Sunday the capture of Al-Aziziya, a strategically important bridgehead in the suburbs of Tripoli. This was reported by Sky News Arabia.

Al Azizia is located just 20 km south of the center of the Libyan capital. According to the command of the LNA, this area is under its full control.

For several years now, in Libya, two executive bodies have existed in parallel: Fayez Sarraj, the Government of National Accord (PNC) internationally recognized and sitting in Tripoli, and Abdullah Abdulrahman at-Thani temporary cabinet, which operates in the east of the country together with the parliament and supported by the LNA.

Haftar on December 12 announced the start of a decisive attack on the capital, and the Tripoli Cabinet in response mobilized all the armed groups controlled by him, officially asking Turkey for help on the basis of a memorandum of military cooperation signed with her at the end of November last year.

Despite the cease-fire regime between the parties effective January 12 and all the attempts of the international community to push them towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict, the PNS and LNA forces periodically engage in clashes, constantly accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

Last month, the army repeatedly attacked Tripoli, including the capital’s seaport and air base at the only international airport Mitiga in the main city of the country.

As stated in the command, their goals were military equipment and ammunition supplied by Ankara to the metropolitan government, as well as the operational calculations of the Turkish military to control the drones brought by them and the attacking Haftarovites.

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