Benghazi Update: Recent LNA Advances

In the past week the Libyan National Army (LNA) has made significant advances in the eastern neighborhoods of Benghazi near the Benina Airport as well as southwest of the city. Fighting has continued in Central Benghazi, although no reports of clashes have emerged from the Sabri neighborhood for almost a week.

Buatni/Sidi Faraj:

On November 10, LNA al-Saiqa forces seized and cleared an air defense base on the border of the Sidi Faraj and Buatni areas of Benghazi. This base was later identified as the main command and control node for ISIS/SCBR fighters in the area.

The pro-Dignity forces also captured additional territory in the Buatni neighborhood as well as the flour factory and a mosque in Sidi Faraj. The LNA produced two videos showing the “liberated areas” of Sidi Faraj and the recently seized Air Defense Camp.

Heavy fighting continued through the week in many neighborhoods of Benghazi while LNA social media sources reported that forces under the command of Col. Ali al-Thamin and Col. Salim al-Rahil now control “all the important strategic sites” in the Buatni and Sidi Faraj areas. These units have also severed ISIS’ ground lines of communication (GLOCs) to Laithi in anticipation of an assault on that neighborhood. Separate reports indicate that al-Saiqa forces supported by Salafist fighters have seized the Raqia School and a number of buildings surrounding the facility.

Additionally, the General Staff of the Libyan Army transferred the group of Salafist fighters known as Tawhid al-Salafiya to Souq al-Hout. The group previously had elements scattered across several neighborhoods of Benghazi including Hawari and Laithi.

West Benghazi:

On November 8, the LNA Air Force (LyAF) targeted a convoy allegedly carrying heavy weapons and ammunition near the Nirouz resort in Benghazi, destroying it. LNA MiG-21 and MiG-23s also conducted airstrikes on the Mukhabara Camp in Gar Yunis, targeting SCBR artillery used to shell neighborhoods in the city. The LNA also reinforced its forces in Gar Yunis.

Further south, LNA Battalion 309 claimed to have captured and cleared the Palm Resort near the Mreissa Port west of Benghazi.

Sources:

(Akhbar Libya 24)(LNA Statement)(LNA Statement)(LNA Statement)(Facebook)(Twitter)(LNA Facebook)(Twitter)(Twitter)(Twitter)(Libya Herald)(LNA Facebook)(LNA Facebook)(LNA Facebook)(LNA Facebook)(Libya Herald)(LNA Video)(LNA Video)(LNA Facebook)

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