The libyan National government loyal forces (GNA), continue gaining ground in their progression towards the command center of General Khalifa Haftar, the Tarhouna city about 95 km south East of the capital Tripoli.
Mustafa al-Mujai an army spokesman (pro Tripoli), said Thursday that the GNA troops « are now on the outskirts of the Araban region » after a military operation on Wednesday. “The tumble of Araban is imminent,” al-Mujai added. At the same time, the Libyan National Army (LNA) said Wednesday night that it was repulsed and attacked on Araban and the nearby town of Ghout al-Reeh. Al-Mujai rejected the LNA statement, saying that Ghout al-Reeh was already under the control of the GNA. “Haftar no longer has a strategic position to protect its key positions in the region,” al-Mujai added. Al-Arban is one of three cities that surrounds Tarhouna, the strategic center of self-defense to take Tripoli.
Wednesday evening, the GNA Army commanders confirmed their advanced forces on Al-Arban. They destroyed four vehicles and an ammunition transp helicopter on the Tarhuna airstrip. Libya has been unstable since the 2011 uprising that overthrew the leader Muammar Gaddafi. In 2014, a civil war broke out after the Haftar LNA, an operation launched against rival militias in Benghazi. In April of this year, the LNA launched an offensive to conquer Tripoli, but five months later, its forces remained stuck in a stalemate on the outskirts of the capital. The fighting killed at least 1,093 people and injured 5,752 people, while another 120,000 were displaced, according to the World Health Organization.