24 July – 30 July: GNA and LNA exchange aerial attacks on key airbases

Jul 30, 2019 | Libyan actors

On 24 July, the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, gave a pre-recorded speech on television where he claimed the forces the LNA is combating are “the most ferocious enemy on earth”. The speech saw Haftar reiterate his commitment to continue the fight in Tripoli until its ultimate conclusion.

On 26 July, the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Volcano of Wrath operation published a statement claiming to have destroyed a hanger of drones and a cargo plane at the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Jufra airbase and at a checkpoint on the Houn-Tripoli road. The GNA claimed that the aerial attacks represent a “new phase of operations, which has been intensively prepared in the last few days.” Later the same day, the LNA claimed it had hit more than ten targets at the Misrata Air College, destroying an air defence system and Turkish Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms. It also claimed to have hit a military base in Sirte.

On 27 July, the Government of National Accord (GNA) accused the Libyan National Army (LNA) of launching an airstrike on a mobile field hospital along Tripoli’s airport road, reportedly killing five doctors and injuring eight medical personnel. The LNA have not responded to the incident. A spokesperson for the hospital stated that it was providing medical assistance to GNA-aligned forces.