Haftar’s forces closing in on Tripoli

Amateur video on Arab TV channels appeared to show forces loyal to Marshal Haftar moving on several strategic locations in the capital.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV, which supports Haftar, said his forces had captured the suburb of Ain Zara, as well as a militia base under the control of forces loyal to the Tripoli government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.

Sarraj’s interior minister, Fathi Bashaga, told Turkish media that his forces were capable of defending Tripoli, but he complained that Haftar was receiving military help from the Russian mercenary Wagner Group, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

However, the spokesman for Hafter’s forces, Colonel Ahmed Almasmari, decried what he called Turkish intervention in the conflict.

He said Libya wanted to tell the world that Turkey had sent weapons and was storing them in civilian areas of the Islamist militia-controlled port city of Misrata, and that his forces would not target them now because of the civilian nature of the area but could do so in the future.