The latest fighting saw LNA fighter jets bomb targets and arms depots in Misrata, a GNA militia stronghold. The LNA spokesman said these were preemptive strikes for expected landing points for Turkish military assistance.
Throughout the weekend of intense fighting, Haftar's spokesman called on all Misratan militias to "lay down their arms by midnight Sunday and withdraw peacefully. If they did not, the LNA will target Misrata "every day, non stop and in an unprecedentedly intensive way".
Related, 3 were reported killed in UAE drone strikes operating on behalf of the LNA on Saturday. The UAE operated drones carried out 10 total airstrikes around Tripoli, according to GNA sources, as well as in Zliten.
Only 2 days after LNA commander Haftar announced his "final" push to take Tripoli, intensified fighting has broken out over the past 24 hours between LNA and GNA forces south of the capital. This is almost 8 months after Haftar's offensive began to try to take Tripoli and end the ongoing civil conflict.
As part of the recent round of fighting, Haftar's forces called in reinforcements as fighting raged in the southern reaches of Tripoli and as the LNA forces took control of al-Tawghaar. GNA forces refuted this claim. An LNA spokesman said they shot down a Turkish drone backing GNA forces over the town of Ain Zara, in the southern suburbs of Tripoli. LNA forces also reportedly captured a GNA military camp. LNA forces also launched air strikes against an air base in Misrata, a GNA stronghold, targeting the warehouses that store the Turkish drones.
GNA sources are reporting that they managed to shoot down an LNA Mig-23 fighter jet yesterday near Al Zawiya, west of Tripoli. Further reports on social media claimed the pilot, who was captured after managing to eject, was Major General Amer Al-Jagam, the commander of the LNA air force in Al Zawiya. The co -pilot failed to eject and was killed.
LNA forces are being blamed for two air strikes in Libya that killed at least 16 civilians so far, mostly children, according to the GNA. One raid took place in the al-Swani area, south of Tripoli, where at least 5 children were killed and more wounded. The other attack took place in the southern town of Murzuq, where 9 children and 2 women were killed in drone attacks. The GNA is labelling these as war crimes and calling on the international community to "assume its responsibility toward (halting) these criminal acts that target and terrorise civilians."