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LNA Warns GNA Will Be Direct Target if Ceasefire Violations Persist

LNA Warns GNA Will Be Direct Target if Ceasefire Violations Persist

Friday, 27 March, 2020 - 12:45
LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari holds a new conference in Benghazi, Libya on April 4, 2019. (AFP)

Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari announced on Friday that the military has cleansed regions in western Libya from militias loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) and affiliated Syrian mercenaries.

In a statement on his official Facebook page, he declared that the LNA, commanded by Khalifa Haftar, cleared the regions of al-Assah, Riqdalin and Zliten of GNA militias and Syrian mercenaries, “who fled from the advance of our brave forces.”

He thanked the residents for helping secure this victory and restoring their freedom from the clutches of terrorist and criminal groups.

Mismari said that the international community is aware that these groups were violating the UN-brokered ceasefire and have rejected the LNA’s calls for focusing efforts on combatting the novel coronavirus in Libya.

Given the violations of the so-called national accord government and its terrorist militias, “the LNA finds itself obligated to confront the militias, which are backed by Turkish military forces and terrorist Syrian mercenaries,” he added, saying the army will take “all appropriate” measures to protect the Libyan people.

He warned the GNA and its militias that the ongoing violation of the ceasefire will make them legitimate targets of the LNA on all battlefronts.

“We will hold them responsible for all the consequences of their failure to heed this warning,” he vowed.

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