Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross () in Libya left Tripoli, according to their own statement on the Twitter micro blog page.
According to the Red Cross assessment around 30 000 inhabitants has to flee Tripoli as a result of the ongoing fighting.
The launch of the second phase of the battle for Tripoli, has been reported by the local portal Al-Wasat.
The spokesman for the General Command, Major General Ahmad Al-Mismari, announced that “the commander of the western military zone, Major General Idris Madi, is heading a large force from the city of Zintan under the Tripoli liberation operations room and has received his combat mission.”
At the moment the Libyan National Army has begun to form additional combat units. This happened after fixing on the western theater of operations, according to the representative of the armed association Ahmed al-Mismari,
He also added that that the LNA Air Force did not perform any flights on April 22. According to al-Mismari, the forces of the Libyan army were seen above the LNA airbase.
Earlier it became known that the capital of Libya was subjected to rocket fire. According to a number of media outlets, the strikes were inflicted by the forces under the leadership of Khalifa Haftar, however, LNA representatives denied this information.
The fighting intensified on April 20 at the gates of Tripoli (pictured) after the forces loyal to the National Unity Government (GNA) announced an “attack phase” against Marshal Khalifa Haftar‘s troops set to liberate the Libyan capital from terrorist groups.
The troops of the Libyan National Army (ANL) of Marshal Haftar, the strongman of the east of the country, launched on April 4 a counter-terrorist operation to defeat terrorist groups, ravaging the west of the country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt need of peace and stability in Libya as “global priority“. Both top diplomats reaffirmed their commitment to continued diplomatic efforts in Libya aiming at return to political process.
White House informed that President Donald Trump had a telephone conversation with Libyan Commander Khalifa Haftar and discussed “ongoing counter terrorism efforts and the need to achieve peace and stability in Libya.”
The telephone call took place on April 15, Monday, however it was announced by the administration only by the end of the week.
Commander Haftar has double US and Libyan citizenship.
President Trump “recognized Field Marshal Haftar‘s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system,” the White House said in its official readout of the call.
Hospitals near Libyan capital Tripoli have reported 47 people dead and 181 wounded in last few days since troops under Commander Khalifa Haftar announced counter-terrorist operation.
Commander Haftar reportedly told the UN chief that his operation towards Tripoli will continue until terrorism has been defeated. Haftar‘s forces said they had lost at least 19 fighters.
However till present Haftar has not announced any long-term plan apart from eliminating terrorism, ravaging Tripoli.
United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the G7 are calling on Marshal Khalifa Haftar to halt the advancement of troops on Libya capital Tripoli. (Image above: illustration).
After a closed-door emergency meeting on situation in Libya, the UNSC warned that those responsible for reigniting the conflict would be held to account.
The UN Security Council addressed their call to the Commander Haftar, while ongoing fighting has been reported in Tripoli‘s international airport( 30 km south of the capital).
German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, who holds the Council presidency called on Libyan National Army (LNA) forces led by Commander Haftar to “halt all military movements” and “on all forces to de-escalate military activity“.
The call of the UNSC is in direct contradiction with the decision of the Tobruk Parliament, endorsing the advancement of the troops on Tripoli to “eliminate terrorists“, who keep hostage the peaceful development of the country. The same message has been delivered by the Commander himself in talks with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Libyan capital has been suffering numerous terrorist attacks, including explosion and burning down of the governmental buildings.
Meanwhile in social media there are new photographs and reports published, illustrating further advancement of Commander Haftar troops, including taking control over Tripoli Airport.