UN-backed Libyan government forces claims four cities from east-based army

The government forces in Libya that is backed by the United Nations has claimed to took over the command of four more cities from the rival east-based army.

Mohamed Gonono, Spokesman of the UN-backed government forces said, “Our brave forces took complete control of Al-Ajaylat, Aljmail, Riqdalin, and Zolton, and are now chasing the fleeing terrorist militias”.

Other than these areas, Gonono has also announced the takeover of the north-western cities of Sabratha and Surman from the east-based army. The east-based army has been in control of the coastal cities of Sabratha and Surman for about a year since April, 2019.

According to the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), since the start of the conflict between the UN-backed government in and around the capital Tripoli and the east-based army in April, 2019,  about 150,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, with 345,000 civilians remaining in front-line areas and some 749,000 living in conflict-affected areas.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) since then has documented at least 356 civilian deaths and 329 injuries.

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