With Khalifa Haftar's LNA forces making progress against the GNA around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the GNA's announcement of entering a military memorandum of understanding with the Turkish Government could take the conflict in a further unpredictable and regional direction.
The forces affiliated with Libya's internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) announced that they repelled an attack by Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) in Khalla, southern Tripoli, as the battle to control the Libyan capital enters its ninth month.
Despite a ceasefire in August, heavy fighting around Tripoli continues amidst an ongoing military offensive by Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army against the forces loyal to the Government of National Accord.
Tripoli has been gripped by deadly tribal violence as militias vie for control of Libya's state funds and vast natural resources. The clashes have renewed once again, casting doubt over whether the planned Libyan Elections will take place later this year or not.