Libya: GNA fighters head advance closer to Sirte

Footage shows UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) fighters approaching the coastal town and oil terminus of Sirte in Libya from Abu Grein on Monday. A number of GNA fighters could be seen on heavily armed vehicles as they prepared to move closer to Sirte, in a bid to wrestle control back from General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) forces. One fighter said the soldiers were «now located in the southern part of Abu Grein,» as they were «preparing to liberate the areas of Al-Jufra and Sirte.» The GNA had gathered with weapon-mounted vehicles and were waiting to «receive the order to start our mission,» whilst «hoping that the other side, or the enemy as they call it, to change their minds and to withdraw to save blood.» Seizing the city would open the way to the country's main fuel export ports at the east for the GNA, as they are currently an important strategic asset for General Khalifa Haftar’s LNA.

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