LNA's forces push toward Libyan capital city's centre

Fighting said to be taking place along a strategic road linking the capital with its international airport.
Tuesday 28/05/2019
This image grab taken from a video published on the Facebook page of Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) on May 26, 2019 shows fighters loyal to Haftar reportedly advancing on a road south of the capital Tripoli. (AFP)
This image grab taken from a video published on the Facebook page of Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) on May 26, 2019 shows fighters loyal to Haftar reportedly advancing on a road south of the capital Tripoli. (AFP)

A Libyan official and residents say heavy clashes are slowly nearing the centre of Libya's capital, Tripoli, as Libyan National Army (LNA) forces loyal to the military commander Khalifa Haftar battle the array of militias and militant groups backing the Tripoli-based government of Fayiz Sarraj.

The Libyan National Army launched an offensive last month to take control of Tripoli after seizing control of most of the east and south.

Saraj al-Majbri, an aid to the LNA's chief of staff, said Monday its forces had made gains in the area of Salah al-Deen, a few kilometres from the city centre.

Two residents said heavy fighting was taking place along a strategic road linking the capital with its international airport, which has not been functional since 2014.

(AP)