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25 Mar 2020 | 10:52 AM UTC

Libya: Clashes reported near Tripoli March 25

Clashes erupt between Government of National Accord (GNA) and Libyan National Army (LNA) forces near Tripoli March 25; further fighting possible over the coming days

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Event

Heavy clashes between forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) were reported near Tripoli on Wednesday, March 25. The fighting erupted following an offensive launched by the GNA to capture control of al-Watiya airbase, located approximately 125 km (80 mi) west of the capital. GNA forces claimed to have captured an unspecified number of LNA militiamen in the assault.

Additional clashes are possible in Tripoli in the coming hours and days.

Context

Members of the international community continue to try to broker a ceasefire and political agreement between the GNA and the LNA. A ceasefire brokered by Turkey and Russia was announced on January 12, but localized breaches are ongoing, and tensions remain high.

The LNA launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, and prompted evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli on April 7, 2019. LNA and 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 Tripoli are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid areas affected by the fighting, and refrain from nonessential movement within the city.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.