Pro-Tripoli forces retake Nawfaliya from ISIS, Al Jazeera

One of the two strongholds of the jihadist group,alongside Derna

19 March, 20:01

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, MARCH 19 - Al Jazeera reported on Thursday that forces belonging to the General National Congress (GNC), the Tripoli parliament, had announced the retaking of Nawfaliya.

    The town east of Sirte had been taken by the Islamic State (ISIS) last month and was one of the two strongholds of the jihadist group, alongside Derna. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Libyan armed forces chief of staff, Colonel Ahmed El-Mesmari - said sources familiar with the situation - said that fighting against Libya Dawn militias were underway south of Az-Zawiyah, about 30 kilometers west of Tripoli. Artillery rounds were heard in Al-Zawiyah and inhabitants were asked to stay in their homes and close shops in the city, report sources that quoted the spokesman as saying there had been ''significant losses'' among Libya Dawn militias in the area. The army is reportedly headed towards Al-Aziziyah, about 40 km south of Tripoli. The sources say that clashes have been underway for two days.(ANSAmed).

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