Libya: Haftar’s troops repel attack south of Tripoli, despite Turkish air support

Troops loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar have repelled an offensive launched by the Government of National Accord (GNA) south of the city of Tripoli, a spokesman for the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) 73rd Infantry Brigade, Mundhir Kartoush, has stated.

“The LNA has defeated the militias coming from [the city of] Garyan. They were trying to gain control over the areas of Ghout Al Reeh and Al Urban”, Kartoush said, adding that the GNA troops backed by Turkish aircraft advanced on the morning of 11 September toward Al Urban, but the LNA was ready to counter the attack.

The spokesman stressed that the LNA established control over Ghout Al Reeh and Al Urban areas.

“All our positions are under control”, Kartoush noted.

The statement comes after the GNA forces said on 9 September they made advances south of Tripoli, while Haftar troops suffered huge losses.