MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 01st July, 2020) Libyan National Army (LNA) command has sent reinforcements of special forces to help protect oil fields against the rival Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), spokesman for the LNA Ahmed al-Mismari told Sputnik.
Al-Mismari explained that although all the strategic points were already guarded, the LNA forces and tribal volunteers manning those points were distributed over large swathes of land around the so-called Oil Crescent in the western part of the Sidra Bay region. The hundreds of kilometers of pipelines between the fields needed special patrols, the spokesman said.
Libya has been divided for years between the two rival governments seeking to establish control over the entire country. Commander Khalifa Haftar’s army, the LNA, has been laying siege to the capital of Tripoli since the spring of 2019 in a bid to capture the seat of the GNA.
In recent weeks, troops affiliated with the GNA have made major military gains against Haftar’s army. The western-based government backed by Turkey and Qatar has said that it wants to seize the strategic city of Sirte, currently under the control of Haftar’s forces.