Libya unity forces say closing on Sirte jihadists

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Forces loyal to Libya’s government of National Accord said on Monday that they are closing in on the last Islamic State group fighters in the coastal city of Sirte.

The pro-GNA forces said they managed to dislodge ISIS fighters from a fortified school in the Al-Giza Al-Bahriya district that the jihadists had fiercely defended.

Artillery pounded IS positions as pro-GNA fighters mainly from the western town of Misrata advanced house by house, said an AFP correspondent who reported seeing wounded.

But the pro-GNA forces gave no casualty figures.

Sirte, 450km east of the capital Tripoli, had a population of 120 000 before ISIS seized it in June 2015 and residents began to flee.

The pro-government forces announced the launch of the battle for Sirte on May 12 and, within weeks, they recaptured large chunks of the coastal city.

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