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20 Dec 2019 | 10:57 AM UTC

Libya: Strikes target military infrastructure in Misrata December 19

Libya News Alert

Military infrastructure targeted in Misrata on December 19 amid LNA offensive; further such attacks remain possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/20/2019, 12:00 AM until 12/22/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Libya

Event

The UN-backed Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) stated on Thursday, December 19, that fighter planes carried out airstrikes on military infrastructure in and near Misrata. The targets included the Misrata Air College and ammunitions stores in Skitt camp. A GNA spokesman also stated that air defense sites and battalion camps were targeted.

Reports also emerged on Tuesday, December 17, that a prominent journalist was arrested by an intelligence body operating under the GNA upon their arrival to Tripoli's Mitga Airport (MJI).

Intensive LNA aerial and indirect fire are to be expected across existing frontlines in Libya over the coming days. Increased security measures and transportation disruptions are also to be expected in the capital, including unannounced road closures.

Context

The LNA launched an offensive into southern Tripoli on April 4. The advance halted 10-15 km (6-9 mi) south of central Tripoli within a week and frontlines have remained largely static since. Some have moved south, out of the city. The initial offensive also triggered several foreign missions and international organizations to temporarily withdraw or to otherwise consider their international footprint in Libya. The UN estimates that over 1000 have been killed and another 5000 injured since the start of the offensive. Another offensive into Tripoli began on December 12. Central Tripoli itself remains permissive and conducive to most international operations, provided professional security providers are engaged. 

Advice

Individuals in Libya are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid areas affected by fighting, and refrain from nonessential movement within Tripoli and to other remote areas of the country.

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

 

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