Libya's GNA air Force strikes LNA positions South of Tripoli

# 06 April 2019 12:57 (UTC +04:00)

According to Al Jazeera, aircraft from the Government of National Accord (GNA) have conducted an airstrike against troops from the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, 80 kilometres south of Tripoli, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

The broadcaster reported that the airstrike was conducted in the city of Gharyan, earlier seized by the LNA on 4 April without any clashes.

​​A source in the LNA told Sputnik that the forces had already captured several settlements and key positions to the west, south, and southwest of Tripoli, including Gharyan, Al-Swani, Janzur, and a checkpoint, located in the Wershiffana area.

The LNA offensive began on Thursday, with Haftar stating he aimed at "liberating the city from terrorists".

The conflict between the factions continues to escalate despite the talks that Haftar and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, who heads the UN-supported GNA held in February. During the negotiations, both sides agreed to unite state institutions and hold general elections in the country by the end of the year.