LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial
The Operation “Al-Bonyan Al-Marsous”, launched a month ago to liberate Sirte and surrounding areas from the Islamic State (IS) grip, made significant advances during the last few days.
The Media Bureau announced that the air forces carried out, Friday night, six air raids targeting the IS positions near Buhadi roundabout and surrounding areas, besides controlling Sowawa district, Sirte port and residential districts east of the city; following fierce clashes with the IS, Friday, that killed 11 elements from “Al-Bonyan Al-Marsous”, besides tens killed from the IS.
LIBYAPROSPECT learned that the Operation media bureau member, Ahmed Rowyati, confirmed that such advances cut the IS supply lines. He pointed that operations shifted into Sirte, more than half of the city is under the control of Al-Bonyan Al-Marsous.
Hardware used by Al-Bonyan Al-Marsous varied from tanks, heavy battery and rocket launchers. The IS is now trapped in the area only 5 km square between central and northern Sirte.
Sirte witnessed fierce clashes between the IS and Al-Bonyan Al-Marsous, who made significant advances which were met with internal and external echoes. The Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA) praised in a statement, Friday, the victories by Ajdabiya –Sirte operations room and the daily advances towards Sirte from the east.
The PC vowed to continue providing all possible support for “courageous soldiers and officials members of the chamber who are fighting the war against the IS.”
The PC head, Fayez Al-Sarraj commended latest victories in Sirte, praising the Libyan soldieries bravery in fighting the bloody enemy. He also renewed its call for different military forces to unite against the IS, and join the forces that were formed from various areas.
From another side, the United States Defense Ministry described the latest developments against the IS as “encouraging”. Pentagon spokesperson, Peter Cook, said, in a news conference, that “the latest developments in Sirte confirm that the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) are advancing in Sirte”.