Libya: Unity gov’t troops gaining ground in Tripoli offensive
Troops loyal to Libya’s national unity government have been gaining ground as they moved in on pockets of armed militias ensconced in Tripoli, forcing their retreat southward, sources in the capital claim.
This advance follows several hours of sustained heavy fighting with heavy weaponry.
Dozens of armed militias are holding out in Tripoli, a city riven with insecurity and turmoil since the overthrow of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Endorsed by the United Nations and backed by the west, the national unity government has been attempting to win the allegiance of some militias since it was established a year ago.
However it has ran into difficulties controlling some parts of the Libyan capital.
The recent offensive by unity government troops began late on Tuesday around the vicinity of a cluster of some ten luxurious villas used as a fortification for militias loyal to the formerly unrecognized PM Khalifa Ghouil.
Ghouil was dismissed in the wake of the formation of the national unity administration.