The forces associated with Libya's UN-recognized government say they have regained Garyan, a strategic city south of the capital, Tripoli, even though the forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar denied the allegations. the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) under Haftar, which has been struggling to take control of Tripoli for nearly three months.
Mustafa al-Megji, a spokesman for the forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government of the national agreement, AFP agency AFP said: "Garyan is under our full control." Dozens of pro-haphazard fighters were killed and at least 18 were detained, he said. "Garyan is very strategic since it was used as a support center alongside the city of Tarhunah for the Haftar forces fighting the UN-backed government in southern Tripoli," Mahmoud Abdel Waid of Al Jazeera, Tripoli, said. said in 201
Jonathan Wynner, a former US Special Envoy for Libya
The case came after a spokesman for Haftar's forces accused the "sleeping cells" of allowing the government of the National Arrangement to enter part of Garryn, near 80 miles southwest of Tripoli, without recognizing the city's loss.
He said the fighting continued and the situation was under control.
Witnesses told Reuters that the GNA soldiers had seized the main operating room of the LAR in Garyan. LNA vehicles and other facilities. The city hosts LNA Field Hospitals and is also where deliveries come from the East.
Loss of Strategic Locations
The LNA established a helicopter base outside the city.
The images were distributed in the social networks of GNA forces patrolling Gharyan, and by prisoners who are said to be pro-Haftar fighters. Megjie welcomed what he described as "a significant victory," and said he now expects Haftar's forces to "collapse."
"Military sources in the government have said they have taken control of several strategic locations in the city, including the central command of the forces of Haftar, which was used to conduct the Battle of Tripoli," said Al Jazeera's correspondent. ] "The Tripoli capture campaign was launched both from Garyan and Tarhuna. forces as they have only one city left in the west of Libya supporting their military campaign. Southeast and Southwest, including Ain Zara and Halat Farayan.
Libya is plunged into chaos after a NATO-backed uprising that killed and killed longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 with many militias fighting for oil control
Haftar "Intends to Be a Dictator"
Jonathan Winner, of the Middle East Institute, said: "If it is true, it is a very big development." Garryan is a big city and has a population of nearly 200,000 people, and it is strategically significant. "So that's a big loss for Hafar and his forces if that happens, "said Winner, a former US Special Envoy in Libya.  Garyan is very strategic since it was used as a center of gravity along the city of Tarhunah for the forces of Haftar
Al-Jazeera correspondent Mahmud Abdel Wahed
Haftar, a retired general who participated in the rebellion against Gaddafi, launched an offensive in May 2014 to clear Libya from armed groups he calls "terrorists."
Haftar quickly seized Garryan on April 2, and two days later he launched an offensive against Tripoli, where GNA was based. But the counterattacks of the GNA loyalist forces have led to a stalemate on the southern outskirts of the capital. "He [Haftar] told me he wanted to win Libya in 2016. He really does not want to be involved in the political process He does not want to be subordinate to anyone else" Winner said, "What I understand , intends to be a dictator who is not subordinate to any political power, without any politician in the country having authority, that is his vision, "he said. people try to convince him to agree on a political agreement to be part of a military council under civilian rule. "And he has repeatedly rejected this formula."
The Battle of Tripoli has killed over 650 people, including fighters and civilians, according to the World Health Organization. More than 94,000 were displaced by the fighting.