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18 Apr 2020 | 07:18 AM UTC

Libya: GNA offensive against Tarhunah (Murqub district) closes coastal road April 18

GNA offensive against pro-LNA forces in Tarhunah (Murqub district) closes coastal road April 18; monitor the situation

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Event

On Saturday, April 18, the Government of National Accord (GNA) launched an offensive from Msallata and Garabuli against pro-Libyan National Army (LNA) forces around Tarhunah (Murqub district). Fighting has been reported to the south of Garabuli, closing the coastal road.

Tarhunah has acted as a support base for the LNA offensive against Tripoli, further clashes between LNA and GNA over the control of the town is expected in the short term.

Context

The Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, and prompted evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli on April 7, 2019. LNA and Government of National Accord (GNA) airstrikes have been sporadically reported since April 8, 2019. The bulk of recent fighting has been concentrated in the southern suburbs of the capital.

Advice

Individuals in the area are advised to monitor the situation, avoid areas affected by fighting, maintain safe and current evacuation plans, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas (with appropriate security protocols in place), other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.