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19 mai 2020 | 05h26 UTC

Libya: GNA-aligned forces seize control of Watiya airbase (Nuqat al Khams district) May 18

Libya Alerte de sécurité

GNA-aligned forces seize control of Watiya airbase (Nuqat al Khams district) May 18; further operations possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 19/5/2020, 12h00 until 22/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Nuqat al-Khams district

Event

Forces affiliated with the Government of National Accord (GNA) seized control of the Watiya airbase (Nuqat al Khams district) from the Libyan National Army (LNA) on Monday, May 18. Small scale clashes were reported as GNA forces advanced on the base, and the LNA stated that it had withdrawn its forces from the area for tactical reasons. Footage released by GNA forces depicts the capture of military equipment following the offensive.

Further clashes between LNA and GNA forces in the area are to be expected 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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