The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, took control of the Libyan city of Sirte. This was reported by Sky News Arabiya.
“The commander-in-chief decided on a well-planned,pre-emptive strike and within less than three hours we were in the heart of Sirte,” said LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari.
The inhabitants of the city in northern Libya supported the members of the LNA, so the city quickly fell into Haftar’s hands. In particular, his army captured the military battalion of Sirte, the airport and the coastal port. The LNA forces are now located in the city center. The late Libyan President, Gaddafi, was killed inside of Sirte while leading his troops against the anti-government forces in 2011.
On January 5th, the LNA Air Force attacked a military college in Tripoli. As a result of the attack, at least 20 cadets were killed and about 40 were injured. According to other sources, more than 38 people were killed, including Turkish officers. There is no official confirmation of this information.
Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar is a dual Libyan-American citizen, that spent 20 years in Langley, Virginia, gaining U.S. citizenship, after a deal with CIA. He is backed by Egypt, UAE and Russian mercenaries.
On January 3rd, Haftar announced a general mobilization to resist foreign forces. He also accused Turskih president Erdogan of trying to revive the Ottoman empire in Libya. According to Haftar, the fighting for Tripoli is coming to an end, and the city itself will soon be liberated.
In Libya, two executive bodies exist in parallel: the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (PNS) led by PM Fayez al-Sarraj and the interim cabinet operating in the east of the country in conjunction with parliament and the LNA. In Libya in 2011 a civil war broke out, when Muammar Gaddafi , who ruled the country since 1969, was overthrown and killed .