LNA strike targets in Mitiga military base in Tripoli
The Libyan National Army (LNA) artillery shelling has reportedly hit Mitiga military base in Tripoli, the headquarter of the Turkish Army Operations Room in Libya.
Fighting between forces the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and the LNA – led by General Khalifa Haftar— have intensified on Saturday, with residents reported the clashes were the most violent since the LNA launched an offensive to liberate Tripoli on April 4, 2019.
About 70 rocket and shells were fired at GNA positions in Tripoli, sources reported.
Rival armed groups, including militia groups loyal to the LNA’s Haftar nd the GNA’s security forces have continued to fight over access to and control of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), as well as regional oil fields. In December 2018, the NOC shut down the country’s largest oil field, El Sharara, amid security concerns; the LNA has since declared that the field is secure and ready to resume operations, but NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla refused to restart production in February 2019.
The presence of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), which first established a foothold in the country in 2015 in the coastal city of Sirte, has further complicated the struggle for control.