The Libyan flag, Libya December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Hani Amara
CAIRO – 14 March 2020: Spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Ahmed al-Mesmary detailed in a TV interview on Thursday the progress achieved by the Libyan Armed Forces throughout the past years conquering lands from militants.
Mesmary highlighted capturing a border zone that was used by terrorists to smuggle arms into Egypt. That is the Musaed border crossing located in Derna governorate, which supported the Islamic State (IS) when it first appeared in 2014, and where 240 assassinations of high-ranking military personnel took place.
Another terrorist stronghold was Benghazi where militants used to receive training, and where 720 assassinations of military, civilian, and political figures were carried out. After it was freed, Benghazi became the headquarters of the Libyan House of Representatives and the army's General Command.
Mesmary pointed out that the LNA liberated large oil fields as well as Sirte's Bin Jawad, Al Jufra and the airbase it houses. In January, the Libyan Armed Forces entered Sirte clearing the city from militants.
CAIRO - 2 March 2020: The Libyan National Army (LNA) released a statement on Monday accusing Osama al-Juwaily, commander of the militias operating western Tripoli, of conscripting prisoners and convicts in criminal cases to fight the Libyan Armed Forces.
Earlier this year, the LNA closed oil ports and fields whose revenues were used by Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) to finance the militias protecting it.
The GNA is an interim non-elected government that is recognized by the United Nations.
The Libyan National Oil Corporation declared on Thursday that crude oil production declined to 97,508 bpd on March 11, and that losses since January 17 marking the beginning of the shutdown recorded over $3 billion.
Head of Mobilization Department at the LNA Khaled al-Mahgoub told Al Arabiya that engagements between the Libyan Armed Forces and militias broke out on March 13 in Al Aziziyah and Al Haira district near Al Gheryan city southern Tripoli.
Mahgoub added that the LNA caused human losses among the militias and destroyed a number of military vehicles as the GNA forces attempted to attack concentrations of the Libyan Armed Forces.
On the same day, the Libyan Air Force struck sites of GNA militias in Abou Grain eastern Misrata destroying an air defense system carried by Turkish-made vehicles, armored vehicles, and other vehicles carrying ammunition.
That is one day after hitting air defense missile stations eastern Misrata aborting a possible attack against LNA concentrations.