The head of Libya’s UN-backed government Fayez al-Sarraj has accused his rival General Khalifa Haftar of betraying him. Fayaz statement came after Haftar launched a military offensive aimed at capturing the capital, Tripoli.
In a televised speech, Fayez al-Sarraj said Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) would meet firm resistance from forces loyal to his United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
Clashes between the rival forces escalated yesterday with fighting erupting in several areas on the southern outskirts of Tripoli.Fighting continued today around the disused international airport south of the capital, that General Haftar earlier said his forces had seized.Gen Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) forces have been carrying out a multi-pronged attack from the south and west of the city.
Haftar’s spokesman, Ahmed al-Mesmari, said the LNA was targeted by four air raids yesterday. The GNA controls Tripoli, situated in northwestern Libya, while the LNA is allied to a parallel administration based in the east of the oil-rich country.
Libya has been torn by violence and political instability since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.