Forces of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos (Solid Structure, or BAM), loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) continue to advance slowly against the encircled remnants of Islamic State (IS) fighters in the center of Sirte.
|On Sunday July 24, the BAM forces seized a building that was being used by the IS as a bomb factory. On their Facebook page the BAM forces showed rooms that contained explosive devices, mobile phones, and cables. The building is the largest captured recently. While IS resistance was predicted to end days ago, they still appear to be resisting strongly. Since the offensive against Sirte started in May more than 280 troops have been killed many belonging to brigades from the city of Misrata. More than 1500 have been wounded.Another source claims a casualty total of more than 300 killed and more than 1,300 wounded.|