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LNA Announces Downing Turkish Drone in Tripoli Battles
Sunday, 2 June, 2019

GNA forces during a clash with LNA forces in al-Swani area in Tripoli on Saturday, June 1, 2019 (AFP)

Cairo - Khaled Mahmoud

Marshal Khalifa Haftar-led Libyan National Army (LNA) announced Saturday downing a Turkish drone south of the country’s capital, Tripoli.

“The defenses of the Libyan Arab armed forces intercepted and hit a Turkish UCAV after it indiscriminately bombed neighborhoods and safe residential areas in the town of Gharyan,” the army’s media office said in a short press release.

Operation Dignity’s Chamber accused Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) of imposing a siege on its areas where the army forces have access to humanitarian, food and medical needs.

It issued a statement on Friday announcing the necessary quantities were provided to meet the needs of these areas’ residents.

Sarraj forces, participating in the operation Borkan al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage), announced its progress in the airport and Yarmouk outskirts after the heavy artillery targeted LNA sites.

Spokesman for the Libyan army Colonel Mohammed Qannouno said the army’s military operations are progressing according to plan, and forces are gaining ground in all battlefronts.

The recent air strikes on the military sites in Gharyan were rigorous, accurate, and painful for Haftar’s forces, Qannouno explained.

The Libyan army has launched a large-scale attack on most fronts, in preparation for the decisive battle, according to the media office of the Volcano of Rage operation.

 

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Libyan National Army Denies Losing Positions in Southern Tripoli
Monday, 3 June, 2019

Forces loyal to the Libyan National Army. (AFP)

Cairo - Khaled Mahmoud

The Libyan National Army (LNA) denied claims that it had lost some positions in southern Tripoli, vowing that its operation against the capital was ongoing.

LNA officer Fawzi al-Mansoury told Asharq Al-Awsat that the army thwarted on Saturday night a fierce attack by forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj in the Ain Zara region.

The seven-hour clashes left at least 30 members of the pro-Sarraj militias dead. Only six LNA members were killed and 17 wounded, he added.

He said that this was the second fiercest battle yet in the operation on Tripoli.

The offensive was launched by the LNA on April 4 and aims to cleanse the capital of terrorist and criminal gangs.

The fiercest battle took place some two weeks ago and left 52 militants dead, revealed Mansoury.

“It is not true that we have lost any of the positions we have captured,” he went on to say. “The LNA is not on the verge of defeat on any of the fronts.”

Moreover, he attributed the relative calm witnessed on Sunday to the “exhaustion of the enemy, whose forces were depleted” after hours of heavy fighting.

“They are not a regular army, whose forces can regroup easily,” he explained.

Another officer, Idris Madi denied that a ceasefire was in place in southern Tripoli.

The operations against the Tripoli militias are ongoing, he stressed.

“The general command has the power to declare a ceasefire, not Idris Madi,” he said.

The LNA is fighting the pro-GNA forces in seven fronts in southern and southwestern Tripoli, including Ain Zara and the Salaheddine regions.

On the opposite end, the GNA force claimed that they had made advances on the LNA in the Ain Zara and Salaheddine fronts.

They also claimed to have shot down in southern Tripoli a drone manufactured by the United Arab Emirates and that was operated by the LNA.

The LNA denied the allegations, accusing the GNA of fabricating images of the drone.

 

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Eighteen wounded in Libya military unit explosion
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3rd Jun 2019

At least 18 people were wounded in two car bomb explosions at a military unit in Libya’s eastern coastal city Derna, sending black smoke into the sky, a medical source and residents told Reuters.

Residents said the car bombs targeted the Bulahati military unit part of the eastern forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the city centre.
“We heard the first explosion, but we thought it was fireworks, then we heard the second,” a resident told Reuters.

“We found people around Bulahati and there was black smoke in the sky,” another added. “We then discovered it was car bombs.”

Derna, once a jihadist bastion, is about 292 km from Libya’s Benghazi and was declared to be under the complete control of Khalifa Haftar’s LNA in June 2018.

 

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Int’l, Local Discontent With Targeting Field Hospitals in Tripoli
9 June, 2019

Ambulances, paramedics, and security officers at the scene of an attack outside the Libyan foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tripoli. AFP

Cairo- Jamal Jawhar

The World Health Organization (WHO) office in Libya condemned the bombing of field hospitals by clashing parties during the ongoing battle since the 4th of April in the south of Tripoli between the Libyan National Army and forces of the National Accord Government.

The WHO condemned the attacks on two field hospitals in Al-Swani area and Ein Zara.

"The shelling of the field hospital in Al-Swani area resulted in the injury of a doctor and two paramedics," WHO confirmed in a statement on Twitter. Yet, no information was released regarding the amount of damage caused to Ein Zara hospital.

It stressed that the armed conflict is threatening the health care system in Tripoli, renewing its call that medical personnel should not be targeted by military attacks.

In the same context, the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) denounced targeting the two field hospitals, saying that medical field personnel have become a direct target to armed conflicts.

The NHRC called on the International Criminal Court and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to open an independent investigation into all crimes committed against civilians and staff in the medical and health sector.

The NHRC has also called on all armed conflict parties to respect the humanitarian work mission of ambulance and emergency teams, reiterating that all parties should comply with their legal and humanitarian obligations and avoid any dangerous violations against civilians including not targeting residential areas or taking shelter there.

 

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Three-Year Imprisonment for ‘Returnees From Libya’ in Egypt
11 June, 2019

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Cairo- Asharq Al-Awsat

An Egyptian court sentenced Monday two convicts to three-year imprisonment in the “Returnees from Libya” case.

They were convicted of involvement in acts of violence and terrorism outside Egyptian territory and planning to target facilities inside the country.

Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Mohammed Farouk and Ashraf al-Sayyed to three years in prison and awarded them criminal costs.

In February 2015, the Attorney General referred them both to criminal prosecution after being arrested at Salloum port on their return from Libya.

The prosecution accused them of receiving military training by al-Qaeda in Libya, joining a group established contrary to the provisions of law, impeding the constitution’s provisions, preventing state institutions and public authorities from carrying out their work, attacking people’s freedom, and harming national unity and social peace.

“They used terrorism as a means to achieve their purposes, and they participated and others in assaulting people, using force and violence against each other and carrying firearms,” it said.

The two convicts were sentenced by a different criminal court, ranging from execution to life imprisonment.

They appealed these sentences to the Court of Cassation, which accepted the appeal and ordered their retrial before a different criminal court.

In another case, the country’s Court of Cassation has commuted a death sentence against a defendant convicted in the case of storming Kerdasa police station in Giza on July 2013 following an appeal filed by the defendant.

It also rejected appeals by three defendants sentenced to life in prison and seven others sentenced to 15 years in the same case.

The prosecution had charged the defendants with premeditated murder, attempted murder, possession of firearms and ammunition and attacks on police officers.

Monday’s Court of Cassation verdict comes more than a year after the defendants were handed jail terms by a Giza criminal court in a retrial in May 2018.

 

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