The Libyan National Army (LNA) has reportedly deployed additional troops to reinforce the 634th Infantry Battalion, reinforced its presence at the al-Tumu border crossing. As of 3 August, the LNA announced that it had 4,200 troops deployed along the 342 km border with Niger, divided among four ‘Military Zones’. The following day, the commander of the 10th Infantry Battalion (based in Taraghin, 50 km east of Murzuq), which is now deployed to the border with Niger, asked the international community for support in the form of aviation and technical equipment in order to protect the long and porous border.
The 128th Battalion of the LNA’s Tariq Bin Ziyad Brigade has also apprehended 51 migrants at the border with Niger. They were from Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Gambia.