Forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) are moving into positions around Tripoli, according to a statement made by LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari from an undisclosed location on Friday.
Mismari explained that these actions are part of ‘Operation Flood of Dignity’ and said that “the goal of ‘Operation Flood of Dignity’ is the liberation of Tripoli and of all Libya.”
He addressed people living in the Tripoli area, stating that “our army is coming to you in order to save you from terrorists and criminals so that you can live in safety and with dignity.”
He added that five soldiers had died thus far in ‘Flood of Dignity’ which had already moved into the towns of Gharyan and Aziziya in the country’s northwest before closing in on Tripoli’s coastal airport.
On Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with LNA head Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, after which he commented to the media that he was hoping “it will be possible to avoid a bloody confrontation in and around Tripoli.”
“The United Nations remain available to facilitate any political solution able to unify the Libyan institutions. Whatever happens, the UN will remain committed, and I will remain committed, to support the Libyan people,” Guterres added.