By : Marwa Mahmoud
Libyan military spokesperson, Major General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, announced at a press conference on Monday that “the process of recovering of the city of Al-Asaba began a few days ago.”
He said that the most prominent events of the day are the entry of the forces to Al-Asaba , and the city people exit to receive the Libyan army with great hospitality.
He reported that the militias of the Al-Wefaq government, backed by Turkey, began withdrawing from the city of Gharyan after they were defeated in Al-Asaba.
Al-Mesmari stated that the Air Force participated in preparing the ground forces for entering Al-Asaba.
Al-Wefaq government forces took control of the city of Al-Asaba and several other cities in the Libyan West on May 21.
Al-Mismari explained that not publishing any videos of the Libyan army forces today contributed to providing confidentiality to complete the process of controlling the city of Al-Asaba.
The spokesman indicated that the Air Force is continuing its operations to provide a security cover over Gharyan and its environs, and is preventing the Al-Wefaq government battalions from moving or maneuvering.
The city of Al-Asaba is of strategic and military significance in the ongoing conflict in Libya and is situated within a cluster of western mountain municipalities in the northwest of the country, some 120 km from the capital, Tripoli, to the south.
Al-Asaba is a focal point for the military supplies line for the national army, as it connects the army bases in Tarhuna in the south, with the southern borders of Tripoli, as it is the main entrance to the city of Gharyan, which is an important strategic point.
It is noteworthy that Turkey sends great support to Faiz Al-Sarraj government in the Libyan West, including weapons and drones, as well as the recruitment of thousands of mercenaries to fight in the ranks of extremist militias of the Government of Tripoli.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed that Turkey has sent more than 11,000 Syrian mercenaries to Tripoli during the past few months.