Libya’s UN-backed government reclaims key town near Tripoli

Libya’s UN-backed government reclaims key town near Tripoli
The clashes between the fighters have killed hundreds of militants lately and displaced thousands of civilians. (File/AFP)
Updated 27 June 2019

Libya’s UN-backed government reclaims key town near Tripoli

Libya’s UN-backed government reclaims key town near Tripoli
  • The army freed Gharyan town from Haftar’s forces
  • The town was a key supply route for the LNA militia

CAIRO: Libya’s UN-backed government says it has taken back a strategic town near Tripoli from a Libyan commander whose forces have been fighting for the past three months to capture the country’s capital.
The Tripoli-based government released a statement late on Wednesday, saying their militias have retaken Gharyan and vowing to pursue its liberation campaign until the “aggressors are purged from all areas.”
The self-styled Libyan National Army of commander Khalifa Haftar launched a push on Tripoli in April, claiming it seeks to free the city of radical militias.
Gharyan, about 100 kilometers from Tripoli, was a key supply route for Haftar’s forces.
Haftar’s offensive against Tripoli has been widely criticized. So far, hundreds have been killed, mainly combatants but also civilians, and thousands have been displaced.