Libyan National Army recovers SA-7 MANPAD, commercial quadcopter from GNA-linked forces

Following the offensive launched by Colonel Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), which is allied to a rival government in eastern Libya, to seize the capital from the Government of National Accords on April 4, but has so far failed the breach the city’s defences. 

Various equipment and weapons were recovered after the battle. During the battle, LNA jets struck positions to forces loyal to Sarraj’s GNA in the Ain Zara, Salaheddine and Wadi al-Rabih areas of southern Tripoli, followed by fierce clashes on Thursday night.

Among the weapons recovered were SA-7 MANPAD, a civilian drone and various technicals. The Government of National Accord’s interior minister Fathi Bashagha said that “We assure you that this aggression on Tripoli has increased our strength and battle readiness. The security situation has improved, thanks to the efforts of security and police personnel,”

Heavy fighting continued from Thursday afternoon until early morning Friday in the area of the former international airport with eight fighters allied to Tripoli killed and 42 wounded, according to Reuters.

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Pro-GNA forces repelled the LNA earlier this week, as the latter moved up on one part of the front.

The GNA forces regained some ground however, the threat of the LNA will persist as long as it keeps its forward base in Gharyan, located about 80 km (50 miles) south of Tripoli, the newspaper quoted analysts as saying.

Haftar’s eastern-based LNA has taken control over large parts of the east and south of Libya, launching a surprise offensive against Tripoli, the seat of Sarraj’s GNA, in early April.

The economy Minister Ali Abdulaziz Issawi disclosed that the GNA was budgeting up to $1.43bn to cover the cost of the war, which has entered its fourth week now.

Darek Liam

Darek Liam is the North African editor for AMB, where he writes about the intersection of Technology and national security. He has been covering defense and national security issues for more than a decade, previously as African Union correspondent.