Haftar’s LNA take control of Sirte

Haftar’s LNA in Libya say they have taken control of the coastal city of Sirte, in what would be a key strategic gain.

Sirte has been controlled by forces aligned with Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) since ISIS militants were expelled in 2016.

The GNA has not yet commented.

A resident of the northern city of Sirte, located on the Mediterranean coast, told Reuters news agency they could see convoys of troops belonging to Gen Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

“They control large parts of the city now. We also hear gunfire,” the unnamed resident added.

The reports came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country’s troops had begun moving into Libya to support the GNA in Tripoli.