Tarhouna, a key support base for the Libya’s internationally recognised government’s eastern-based rival Khalifa Haftar has been advanced upon. Tarhouna, about 65 km southeast of the capital, Tripoli, has been a crucial asset for the Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).
It provided the LNA with local manpower for its campaign against the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). The GNA has also been trying to capture al-Watiya airbase, about 125 km southwest of Tripoli and the LNA’s another strategic foothold in Tripoli.
Despite the advancement being made, the GNA attempts to capture Tarhouna to its side have failed. The LNA officials said the GNA forces had failed to enter the town and that the offensive, the first since Haftar launched his military bid for Tripoli in early April 2019, had been repelled. They also confirmed shooting down a drone.