3 June – 9 June: GNA announces liberation of Tripoli

Jun 10, 2020 | Libyan actors

On 3 June, the Government of National Accord (GNA) Volcano of Rage spokesperson, Mohamed Qanounu, announced that GNA forces had taken control of Tripoli International Airport (TIA) following heavy clashes with Libyan National Army (LNA) forces at the location. The same day, GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj announced the complete liberation of Tripoli and its surrounding areas and said, “We will continue our struggle until we eliminate the enemy in Libya.”

On 4 June, LNA and Kani forces began withdrawing from Tarhouna towards Bani Walid, ahead of a suspected GNA assault on the city. On 5 June, the GNA’s Volcano of Rage spokesperson Mohamed Qanounu announced that GNA forces had entered Tarhouna in the early hours of the morning, reaching the centre of the town after entering from four axes.

On 5 June, GNA-aligned force entered and captured the town of Bani Walid. Early in the day, the GNA-aligned Bani Walid Protection Force stated that they had taken control of the Bani Walid airport as a part of their advance, following reports that LNA and Wagner forces had used the site to fly troops from the Tripoli frontline. By approximately 20:00 local time, the GNA had official captured Bani Walid with no notable clashes.

On 6 June, the GNA’s Sirte-Jufra Operations Room declared Operation “Paths of Victory” to capture Sirte and Jufra. When media asked GNA Minister of Interior, Bashaagha, if the military campaign would stop once Sirte and Jufra were taken, Bashaagha said, “There will be negotiations with the east. We need to prevent Russia from setting up bases in Sirte and Jufra.” As of 9 June, fighting was continuing in and around Sirte.

On 9 June, in the very early hours of the morning, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) confirmed that an armed force had entered the Sharara field and demanded that the workers shut down operations. The NOC cited LNA aligned armed groups under the “so-called” Brigadier General Mohamed Khalifa, commander of the “so-called Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) in the South”, and Ahmed Ibrahim bin Nayel as being responsible for the attack, saying they entered the field with heavy weapons.