Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Battle for power in Libya reaches the capital Tripoli

Battle for power in Libya reaches the capital Tripoli

Concluding, the Russian top diplomat underlined that Russia and Egypt both advocate for a diplomatic resolution of conflicts in Africa and the Middle East.

Armed groups allied to the Tripoli government have moved more machine gun-mounted pickup trucks from Misrata to Tripoli to defend it against Haftar's forces. Those talks are scheduled for April 14-16.

Meanwhile, after a closed-door emergency meeting in NY, the UN Security Council called on Haftar's forces to halt their advance and warned that those responsible for re-igniting conflict would be held responsible.

G7 ministers urged an immediate halt to "all military activity and movements towards Tripoli" on Friday.

The code name comes from the military landing strip built by Muammar Gaddafi in northern Chad where Haftar was defeated and captured by government forces in 1987 when he was fighting the Libyan leader, the Libya Herald recalls.

Meanwhile, several reports from local officials said forces loyal to the government in Tripoli launched air raids on two separate positions of Haftar's troops.

G7 foreign ministers have urged an end to the fighting.

The march appeared to have faced a set-back on Friday, however.

"We are the revolutionaries and the elders. we declare we are in full mobilisation and war", they said in a video statement posted online. An LNA-allied militia withdrew overnight from so-called Gate 27, leaving it abandoned in the morning, a Reuters reporter said. He said the soldiers' commander was being investigated. The unit is known to be commanded by Haftar's son, Khaled.

"Because the new government negotiated at Abu Dhabi was not revealed, Haftar felt that Tripoli players had not submitted enough to him ahead of the national conference", added Harchaoui. Haftar is also using militias from Chad and the Sudanese opposition. He didn't elaborate on the number of casualties.

"We strongly oppose any military action in Libya".

There was no independent confirmation of that, but a video posted online purportedly showed LNA fighters inside Qasr ben Ghashir suburb, which includes the airport.

The offensive came weeks after Haftar and key rival Fayez al-Sarraj, who heads the Tripoli-based UN-backed Government of National Accord, met in Abu Dhabi in February to discuss the creation of a new government in which he would be represented. He now leads the Libyan National Army, which is advancing toward the United Nations -backed government in Tripoli.

The UN had been planning to hold a conference in Libya later this month for talks over ending the country's long-running crisis. On Friday, Guterres went to the eastern region, which is the seat of a rival administration and parliament that Hifter is aligned with.

Foreign Ministers of the Group of Seven nations agreed on Saturday to put pressure on those responsible for a violent power struggle in Libya, especially commander Khalifa Haftar, to avoid a military escalation, Germany's Heiko Maas said. Guterres has insisted that Libya needs a political solution, not a military one, and said the available to facilitate a peace process. "The solution can only be a political solution". The most recent hopes may once again have been dashed.

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