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Libyan National Army (Haftar) says advancing toward Tripoli

The Libyan National Army (LNA) continued its push to take the Libyan capital on Sunday, days after its commander Khalifa Haftar declared a “final and decisive” battle for Tripoli.

The LNA units bombed on Sunday positions in al-Naqlia camp south of the capital, and other positions in its vicinity, saying that these positions are used by forces of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) to “store vehicles and fuel.”

Commander Haftar’s forces also launched “three airstrikes on the militias’ positions” on the airport road.

Haftar has been leading an assault to take the capital from the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord since last April.

On Thursday, Haftar ordered his forces to begin advancing toward Tripoli and said gunmen in the city would be provided with safety in exchange for laying down their arms.

“The Libyan National Army is inevitably victorious in the Battle of Tripoli. We call on the units that are advancing toward Tripoli to abide by the rules of engagement. We call on the militants who are fighting our army to remain in their homes and they will be safe,” Haftar said in a televised address late on Thursday.

The Interior Minister of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) Fathi Bashagha was injured Sunday night when his convoy came under fire in Misrata, east of Tripoli, the Karama Operation’s media center said on Facebook.

The media center, which belongs to the Libyan National Army (LNA), also said that the “militiaman” Bashagha had been subjected to an assassination attempt by members of the armed militias, who held him responsible for its defeat against the LNA.

On Saturday, the LNA declared it has captured key positions east of the capital.

Meanwhile, President of the House of Representatives Aqila Saleh called on the people of Tripoli to support the LNA, which has been advancing towards the capital since Thursday. He also said to avoid taking revenge against the LNA.

Saleh also said there will be a national government formed to represent the three regions of Libya, after “cleansing” the capital, Tripoli. The priorities of the next government will focus on unifying state institutions and resolving the living crises of the Libyan people, according to Saleh.

The House of Representatives will form a committee to draft a new constitution for the country, after the new national unity government begins its work from the capital, Saleh added.