Government of National Accord continues to deliver support to Sirte front
UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya sent a 200-vehicle convoy of troops from Misrata to support the ongoing conflict in the Sirte front on July 18th 2020.
In the images shared by Libyan accounts, BM-21 Grad multibarrel rocket launcher weapon systems can be spotted.
— Aymen Blhol (@aymenblhoul1) July 18, 2020
At earlier hours, the deliveries of Government of National Accord were en route to Sirte.
في تغريدة سابق أشرت الى خطوتين رئيسيتين قبل تحرير مدينة #سرت لاجبار الدول المعتديه لقوبول شروط الحكومة الشرعيه الخطوة الأولى ستظهر للعلن قريبا بعد تصريح الرئيس التركي والخطوة الثانيه قد بدأت بالفعل.
صور لوصول تعزيزات عسكرية للاتحاق بقوات الجيش الليبي بمنطقة بويرات الحسون. https://t.co/qglc5rMXBp pic.twitter.com/VtN4sCXJ2G
— Muhammed Ahmed Jibreel (أ. محمد أحمد جبريل) (@MuhammedAhmedJ2) July 18, 2020
On July 7th 2020, 17 km away from the capital city Tripoli, Al-Daman brigade stationed in Tacura supported GNA forces by sending 110 vehicles to Sirte front.
Lately on the Sirte front it is possible to see many sonvoys heading to Sirte for both sides – GNA and Libyan National Army (LNA) under orders from renegade Haftar. Haftar forces are also deploying Sudanese militants alleged to be financially backed up by the United Arab Emirates. In addition, there have been many reports of Russian Wagner Group paramilitary units stationed at Sirte.
On July 12th 2020, images surfaced on social media showing Russian Wagner Group transporting Pantsir-S1 Aerial Defense Systems to Sirte.
Allegations of BUK and S-300 Aerial Defense Systems deployment in Sirte
Based on United Arab Emirates’ capital Dubai, media channel Al Hadath announced on July 15th 2020 saying that Haftar forces had deployed new aerial defense systems around Sirte. A following tweet announced that S-300 and BUK Aerial Defense Systems were also deployed in Sirte, citing official sources.
It was also stated in the tweets that Sirte and Jufra flight zones were secured by BUK Aerial Defense Systems.
Sudanese Militants in Libya
In Libya, many Sudanese citizens are active on the front lines and they have seen losses far. The militants, on their social media posts, claimed to be taken around Sirte and south Libya, declaring their reason to fight as “to liberate Libya”.
Sudanese government, on the other hand, claim there have been no Sudanese forces spotted in the ongoing conflicts in Libya and have arrested many Sudanese citizens trying to cross borders to engage in the battle in Libya.
In addition, there have been claims that Sudanese militants have been patrolling various regions in Libya with vehicles supplied by Haftar.