Libya: Clashes between LNA and GNA Resume After Tripoli Ceasefire

North Africa

A short-lived ceasefire in Tripoli, Libya has ended as the battle for control over the city resumes between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The warring factions in Libya have renewed hostilities following the end of a UN-brokered ceasefire covering the period of Eid al-Adha. Fighting and military mobilisation on the part of both Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) resumed as the GNA resumed its efforts to advance towards Tripoli International Airport, after a number of its field commanders were killed at the previous attempt.

The LNA, meanwhile, launched a large-scale attack on a number of fronts and was able to seize control of new positions in the areas of al-Khala and Ain Zara.

Just hours after the ceasefire came to an end, Brigade 106, along with the forces of the LNA, entered the area of Qurayyat and arrested a number of wanted suspects. They also secured the supply line from Jafra to Gharyan to the south of Tripoli, which was ultimately the cause of  the delay in the army’s advance towards capturing Gharyan.

The commander of Battalion 192-infantry in the LNA, Omar Basit, confirmed that the battalion advanced along with Brigade 106 towards the fronts south of Gharyan, where the Qurayyat and Wadi Marsit areas were controlled. They have also entered the city of Mazda and secured the northern and southern gates, as well as the suburbs of Nessma.

Basit also stated that he had made contact with military personnel and the head of the tribal elders’ committee in the areas, and confirmed that the social protection for the outlaws has been lifted.

Significant progress was made by the LNA on all fronts to reverse gains made by the GNA two days after the end of the truce. Despite international voices calling for the extension of the truce, the army appears to be in a race against time to end the battle as soon as possible, although an end does not seem to be in sight.