The Libyan Army forces under the command of the Government of National Accord (GNA) have seized control of yet another town in the region nearby Al-Watiya airbase in western Libya, as Khalifa Haftar's retreat under heavy attacks from the ground and airstrikes by GNA forces.
Libya's army on Monday retook the Al-Watiya airbase occupied by Haftar's militias, a key facility now back under government control after some six years under putschist forces.
The LNA, however, said it had already withdrawn from those areas in a humanitarian gesture for Ramadan.
Haftar's forces withdrew as much as three kilometres from all frontlines on Wednesday, dealing a huge blow to their attempt to capture the city. The focus of the conflict has shifted towards Tarhouna, the biggest remaining LNA stronghold in northwest Libya.
The United Nations mission in Libya said it was monitoring the mobilisation around Tarhouna with "great concern", and warned all parties against any acts of retribution. The offensive has had the backing of Russia, France, Egypt and the Unite Arab Emirates.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Sergei Lavrov had a call with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavudoglu, and that they underlined the need for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and the resumption of a political process based on decisions made at a conference in Berlin earlier this year.
Libya's government has been under attack by Haftar's forces since April 2019, with more than 1,000 killed in the violence.
The sources added that Egypt feared that the Libyan government could ask Turkey to build a military base in the country in line with a cooperation agreement signed a year ago between the two sides.
Since 2015, Libya has been divided between two governments; one based in the east and the other in the west, in Tripoli.