January 6, 2020 / 5:05 PM / a month ago

Forces loyal to Libyan commander Haftar claim control of Sirte: spokesman

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar said on Monday they had taken control of the coastal city of Sirte in a rapid advance.

“The commander-in-chief decided on a well-planned,pre-emptive strike and within less than three hours we are in the heart of Sirte,” said Ahmed al-Mismari, spokesman for Haftar’s Libyan National Army.

Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Gareth Jones

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