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21 Jul 2019 | 03:35 PM UTC

Libya: Drone strike kills seven LNA-aligned fighters in Tripoli July 20-21

Libya News Alert

Drone strike kills seven Libyan National Army (LNA)-aligned fighters in Tripoli July 20-21; LNA shoots down Government of National Accord (GNA) drone in Ain Zara July 21

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli

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Event

A drone strike killed seven fighters aligned with the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Tripoli overnight (local time) from Saturday, July 20, into Sunday, July 21. The strike came amid an increased number of Government of National Accord (GNA) airstrikes targeting LNA positions over the past few days, suggesting increased GNA capabilities from newly acquired unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). On Sunday, the LNA reportedly downed a GNA drone in Ain Zara, a suburb to the south of the capital.

Further GNA drone strikes may be met with retaliatory LNA attacks on UAVs at Mitiga International Airport (MJI), which could result in flight disruptions (e.g. delays and cancelations).

Context

Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport (MJI) was targeted by air and mortar strikes multiple times in June; however, the strikes did not damage the main runway or any civilian facilities and normal flight operations were typically restored within a few hours.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4 and prompted evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli en masse on April 7. LNA and Government of National Accord (GNA) airstrikes have been sporadically reported since April 8. The bulk of recent fighting has been concentrated in the southern suburbs of the capital.

Advice

Individuals in Tripoli are advised to monitor the situation, avoid areas affected by fighting, maintain safe and current evacuation plans, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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