Libya east-based power: 7 militants, international fighters killed

Cairo, September 15

Libya’s east-based military claimed on Tuesday that its troops killed a minimum of seven Islamic State militants, together with international fighters, in a raid on their hideout within the nation’s south.

The assertion from the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces mentioned a six-hour firefight in a single day with the militants occurred in a neighbourhood of the town of Sabha, 650 kilometers (400 miles) south of the capital, Tripoli.

The power, led by commander Khalifa Hifter, mentioned the lifeless embody three militants from Saudi Arabia, an Australian, an Egyptian and two Libyans.           

Hifter’s troops shared graphic pictures of the lifeless, together with their alleged passports to indicate their identities.

The troops additionally detained two ladies, a Libyan and an Egyptian, within the raid. A professional-Hifter information web site, al-Marsad, reported that three of Hifter’s forces have been additionally killed.

Libya is split between two rival administrations, primarily based within the nation’s east and west, with an array of fighters and militias, backed by varied international powers allied with both sides.

In the years after the 2011 rebellion that toppled longtime autocrat Moammar Gadhafi, IS and different extremists had managed to realize a foothold within the nation, benefiting from Libya’s distant stretches close to the borders with Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Algeria, Niger and Tunisia.

Hifter, who was instrumental in pushing again IS and who’s aligned with the east-based administration, tried an influence seize final yr, with a navy offensive launched in April 2019 aimed toward capturing Tripoli.

But the west-based Libyan forces and militias allied with the UN-supported authorities in Tripoli defeated that offensive with Turkey’s navy assist and Hifter’s marketing campaign collapsed in June.

Fighting has died down in latest weeks amid intensive worldwide efforts, together with from the United States, to ascertain a long-lasting cease-fire and avert a showdown between the rival sides over the strategic metropolis of Sirte, the gateway for very important oil amenities. AP


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