Haftar to liberate Tripoli from Islamists

Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his forces to advance on the Libyan capital Tripoli. There is the UN-backed Government of National Accord headed by Fayez Saraj. According to some reports, Field Marshal Haftar's units have entered some areas of Tripoli. "At the same time, the city is almost empty. Haftar urged the citizens not to leave their homes in order not to risk during clashes between the opposing forces. He also stressed that he was not fighting against the legitimate authorities, but simply wanted to liberate city from the terrorist groups," RISS expert Vladimir Fitin said.

There are more than 50 terrorist groups in Tripoli now. According to the expert, now Haftar's forces are fighting with militants from the Government of National Accord and Misrata's Islamist groups.

The peacekeeping mission of the UN Secretary-General A.Guterres has failed. During his recent visit to Libya, he met F.Saraj and K.Haftar, but did not succeed in the negotiations. He neither stopped military actions nor arranged a meeting of the opposing forces.

At the same time, Haftar's representative stated that the Libyan national army was ready to hold a national conference on 14-16 April in the city of Ghadames despite the ongoing clashes. Almost all countries of the world, including Russia, urge for a ceasefire and a peace agreement, RISS expert pointed out.

In his opinion, now it is svery difficult to say how this tense situation in Libya may be resolved. "The whole world community urges the both sides to stop military actions, especially to stop conducting bombing from the air, as it threatens the citizens. The armed forces of Haftar will certainly continue trying to take control of the Libyan capital. Very soon it will be clear whether this will happen or not," V.Fitin underscored.

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