20-10-2021 10:43 PM Jerusalem Timing

Libyan Forces Push Sirte Advance Backed by US Strikes

Libyan Forces Push Sirte Advance Backed by US Strikes

Libyan pro-government forces, backed by US air strikes, fought to advance on ISIL terrorists in Sirte on Wednesday despite mines and snipers

Libyan pro-government forces, backed by US air strikes, fought to advance on ISIL terrorists in Sirte on Wednesday despite mines and snipers, a spokesman said.

"Our forces... are trying to strengthen their advance with the support of ongoing American air strikes that have given momentum to the military operation," said Reda Issa, a spokesman for forces loyal to Libya's unity government.

The ISIL bastion, located just across the Mediterranean from Europe, has been shaken by weeks of fierce clashes between terrorists and fighters allied to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

American war planes carried out seven strikes against ISIL positions in Sirte on Monday and Tuesday at the GNA's request.

Issa did not say whether further strikes took place on Wednesday.

"There are targets that are hard to hit because they are among the houses," said Issa. "American air strikes, which are very accurate, will help to destroy those targets." "Every day the battle's outcome is not settled, the city becomes more full of booby traps," said Issa.

"But there is no doubt that the presence of effective and accurate weapons will accelerate the end of the battle."