Pro-GNA forces advance further into last stronghold of Islamic State in Libya, Sirte
The forces of the Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos (Solid Foundation) mostly militia from the city of Misrata, are advancing further into the city of Sirte after surrounding the remaining Islamic State (IS) fighters in the center of the city.
|The IS headquarters at Ouagadougou Center is about 3 kilometers from the checkpoint from which Salem Taleb can observe it through his binoculars, but IS fighters are just 1.5 kilometers away in three buildings. Taleb belongs to the Third Military Force one of the Misrata brigades. Taleb said: “They have rockets, snipers and they use suicide cars. They currently attack at night because it’s a full moon." The checkpoint is south of Sirte on the main road to Benghazi. The militia are told to stay put and ensure that no IS fighters escape from Sirte.|
“IS is trapped in a 25-square-kilometre area in Sirte. They can’t leave. We’ve decided to lay siege to them until they run out of ammunition.This strategy will cost less lives and less destruction than launching a massive offensive with airstrikes”.The head of the Misrata military council estimates that there are only about 500 IS fighters left in Sirte. He estimates that there were about 2,500 there before the offensive. Other sources in the military estimate that around 800 to 1000 fighters have been killed.
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