The Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar captured the city of Sirte and took control of its seaport, RIA Novosti reports on January 6 citing its sources.
The fighters also captured the Al-Saadi military base, “all the districts surrounding the city”, and now heading towards the city center, reports a source close to the LNA Command.
In 2011, Libya became a failed state after the overthrow and killing of its leader Muammar Gaddafi. Now the country has two governments. The western part of the country, together with the capital city of Tripoli, is controlled by the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj, which was formed with the assistance from the UN and EU; and it is supported by Turkey and Qatar. The east of the country is represented by a popularly elected parliament, which acts separately and independently from Tripoli, and together with the LNA led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar who tried to seize the capital since last spring. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt back Haftar and his forces.
Sirte is Gaddafi’s hometown.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency