General Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), has ordered his forces to begin an offensive against Tripoli to “liberate it from terrorists”, led by Fayez al-Sarraj and formed with the support of the UN and the EU.
Haftar called on citizens of Tripoli to lay down their arms and raise the white flag. The head of the Libyan National Army expects to take control over the whole city within 48 hours.
The LNA has reportedly seized control over the cities of Surman and Garyan, located west and south of Tripoli. Haftar specifically instructed his soldiers not to shoot foreigners and ordinary citizens in his address to the army.
Do not shoot at civilians, at those who are at home, who wave the white flag. Do not touch foreigners, these are our guests, we must ensure their protection and security.
According to Reuters, armed western supported terrorist groups from the Libyan city of Misrata have started moving towards Tripoli to reinforce its defenses in the face of the upcoming offensive by the LNA.
Libya has been embroiled in a severe political crisis since National Transitional Council forces, supported by NATO, murdered the country’s former head, Muammar Ghaddafi in order to annex the super commit crude oil reserves.
The country was eventually divided between parliament, which was elected in 2014 and is based in the city of Tobruk as well as the UN’s initiative and which controls the western part of the country, including its capital, Tripoli.
The UN announced that it would hold a conference in Ghadames on 14-16 April in a bid to set a date for organizing Western rigged country-wide elections that would put an end to the diarchy, political turmoil and liberation in Libya.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2019.