East Libya forces claim full control of Tripoli airport
UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has yet to comment on claim
Forces loyal to East Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar on Saturday claimed to have taken full control of Tripoli International Airport.
The forces "are carrying out an operation to secure the airport as a launching point to seize control of other vital sites inside the capital in the upcoming few hours", the war information division of the Haftar’s forces said in a statement.
The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has yet to comment on the claim.
On Thursday, Haftar launched a military campaign to recapture Tripoli from GNA forces.
Libya has remained beset by turmoil since
Since then, the country’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of power: one in the eastern city of Al-Bayda, to which Haftar is linked, and another in Tripoli.
* Writing by Mahmoud Barakat