Summary: A few months after his April 4 surprise assault on Tripoli to unseat the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord, Khalifa Haftar, leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, lost control of Gharyan
on June 26.
Commenting on the seized French weapons in Gharyan
, the commander said the Libyan Presidential Council has officially asked France to issue a clarification in this regard.
After their initial attack on Tripoli was halted, the LNA forces lost control of the strategic city og Gharyan
to GNA forces in late June.
As if on cue, Turkey, which is backing the GNA and has helped it seize the strategic town of Gharyan
in the south from the LNA, called for an international probe into what it called a "crime against humanity".
The GNA forces launched a surprise counter-attack late last month, seizing the strategic town of Gharyan
, the main supply base for Haftar's offensive.
The LNA air campaign has failed to take Tripoli in three months of fighting, and last week LNA lost its main forward base in Gharyan
, which was taken back by Tripoli forces last week.
The Foreign Ministry further called on the International community to take responsibility of investigating crimes carried out by Turkish-backed militias, especially in Gharyan
, Gharghour, Ruwaymi, Barak al-Shati, Derna, Benghazi, Bani Waled, Tazirbu, and all Libyan cities.
On Thursday, the GNA reclaimed the strategic town of Gharyan
, a main supply base for Gen Haftar's forces in their offensive on Tripoli.
Residents of Gharyan
, about 80 km (50 miles) south of Tripoli, said that when the plane was heard overhead, anti-aircraft fire opened up.
READ:DFA calls on Filipinos in Libya to consider repatriation amid clashes The coverage of the raised alert levelincludes Tajoura, Ghot Romman, Qaraboli and Qasr Khiyar in the east Esbea, Tarhuna, Bani Waled and Gharyan
in the south Aziziya, Warshifana, Zawia, Surman and Sabratha in the west.
These are Tajoura, Ghot Romman, Qaraboli and Qasr Khiyar to the east of the capital; Esbea, Tarhuna, Bani Walid and Gharyan
to the south; and Aziziya, Warshifana, Zawia, Surman and Sabratha to the west.