The Government of National Accord (GNA) announced on Saturday, August 3 that it had downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s forces.
One of Khaftar’s Wing-Loong type UAVs was downed by forces of the Middle Military Zone affiliated with the GNA, said the Facebook page of the GNA-led Burkan Al-Ghadab Operation.
The statement included photos of the downed drone, stating that the drone was sent to strike civilian targets in the northwestern city of Misrata, 200 kilometres (124 miles) east of the capital Tripoli.
It added that in retaliation for downing the UAV, Haftar’s forces fired a Grad missile near a hall at Mitiga International Airport -- 8 km (5 mi) from the Tripoli city center -- where a group of would-be Muslim pilgrims were gathered.
This represent one of the latest outbursts of violence since Gen. Khalifa Haftar, leader of the military forces in eastern Libya, launched an offensive to capture Tripoli, and GNA forces responded with the Burkan Al-Ghadab operation. Over recent weeks, as the Libya National Army (LNA) forces struggle to make any significant advances in the front lines, there has been a significant increase in air operations.