Gov't forces take over largest army camp in western Libya

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-08 22:20:13|Editor: Zhou Xin
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TRIPOLI, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Forces allied with the Libyan UN-backed government on Wednesday took control of the largest military camp in Warshaffana area in western Libya, according to a military source.

"The joint forces have taken full control of the Fourth Brigade camp in the city of Aziziya, following clashes that continued until this morning. The armed groups retreated further into the areas of Zahra And the Sa'dia in Warshaffana," a source of the Western Military Operations Chamber told Xinhua.

"We expect within a few days the joint forces to take full control over the area of Warshaffana," the source added, confirming that gunmen and wanted persons "have the options to either surrender themselves and their weapons or continue being pursued until arrested."

Warshaffana's largest city of Aziziya, 30 km south of the capital Tripoli, has been witnessing military operations since last week by the forces of the UN-backed government to "eliminate crime in the area," a statement said.

The eastern-based army warned of the continued attacks by the government forces on army sites and headquarters in Aziziya.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday expressed concerns about reports of bombing civilian neighborhoods in Warshaffana.

"UNSMIL is concerned about reports of indiscriminate shelling in residential areas of Wershafana. The mission reminds all parties of their legal obligations to ensure the protection of civilians," the mission said.