Berlin conference on Libya kicks off

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises during a fight between members of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces and Eastern forces in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya May 5, 2019. The Tunisian president declined the invitation to attend the conference because it was late. Nevertheless, the LNA affirmed its commitment to the ceasefire.The following day, the Libyan foreign ministry issued a statement requesting the international community to fulfill its duties by pressuring GNA-affiliated militias to surrender and give up their weapons obeying the Libyan people’s will.Anadolu Agency reported that the LNA is amassing southern Tripoli while Al Arabiya announced that clashes resumed in Salahuddin district south of Tripoli.On January 6, LNA captured Sirte and was advancing towards Misrata after entering Tripoli’s outskirts.On January 8, Turkey declared sending 35 soldiers to Libya claiming they would not take part in combat. Nevertheless, Libya Review publication reported on January 11 that three Turkish soldiers were killed in Libya, and six others were injured. The bodies were brought to Misrata airport while the injured have received treatment at Nalut hospital near Tripoli.Later in December, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that 300 militants affiliated to Turkey have been relocated to the Libyan capital from Syria and that 900-1,000 militants moved to Turkish camps to receive training.Earlier in the same month, Turkey and GNA signed two MoUs pertinent to military cooperation and maritime border demarcation.

Source:Libya Today

January 19, 2020 12:00 UTC


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