By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 26 January 2015:
Claims by Libya Dawn forces to have launched a major operation today to seize Wattiya air . . .[restrict]base between Al-Jmail and the Jebel Nafusa used by the Libya National Army’s air force have been denied by Zintani officials.
Zintani forces control the base.
Meanwhile there are reports that despite the supposed ceasefire issued by both LNA and Misratan forces in compliance with the call from delegates to the first round of the Geneva dialogue negotiations, continued clashes are reported south west of Zawia.
Yesterday, air strikes were reported near Zawia as well as in the area between Sorman and Sabratha.
Fresh LNA air strikes today have been reported at Ben Jawad, the small town some 30 kilometres west of Sidra which Libya Dawn’s Operation Sunrise forces have been trying to take for over a month. The town, most of whose residents have fled, is the forward base for Sunrise fighters, with the frontline some five kilometres further east.
In Benghazi, violence continued today as planes also hit targets today in Garyounis, Hawari, Leithi and Buhdeima. According to According to the LNA, the targets were bases controlled by the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council, the alliance of Islamists led by Ansar Al-Sharia. These, it said, included the headquarters of the Rafallah Al-Sahati Brigade. [/restrict]