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25 Apr 2020 | 05:34 PM UTC

Libya: GNA aircraft target Watiyah Air Base in Nuqat Al Khams district April 24

Libya News Alert

Multiple casualties reported after GNA aircraft target LNA-held Watiyah Air Base in Nuqat Al Khams district on April 24; further strikes possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/28/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Libya

Event

On Friday, April 24, aircraft belonging to the Government of National Accord (GNA) conducted four airstrikes against the Libyan National Army (LNA)-held Watiyah Air Base located in the Nuqat Al Khams district, near the Tunisian border. According to local reports, at least five LNA soldiers were killed and four others were wounded in the airstrikes.

Further attacks and counter attacks are possible in the region over the near term.

Context

The Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, and prompted evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli on April 7, 2019. LNA and Government of National Accord (GNA) airstrikes have been sporadically reported since April 8, 2019. The bulk of recent fighting has been concentrated in the southern suburbs of the capital.

Advice

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas (with appropriate security protocols in place), other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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