Libyan forces’ battle for eastern city Derna in final stages -spokesman | Top News


BENGHAZI, Libya, (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar said their campaign against an armed coalition of local fighters and Islamists in the eastern city of Derna has reached its final stages after several days of heavy fighting.

Brigades from Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) launched a ground offensive to take Derna last month after encircling the city – the last in eastern Libya to elude their control – for around two years.

The fighting risks undermining U.N.-led efforts to reunify Libya and hold elections after years of turmoil that have provided a safe…



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