By Jamal Adel.
Beida, 3 January:
Government sources are claiming to have carried out “direct and precise” air strikes on three targets in . . .[restrict]Misrata while they report heavy fighting between the army and Libya Dawn forces around Ben Jawad.
General Staff spokesman, Ahmed Al-Misamari also told the Libya Herald that a day after the last of the oil tank fires had been put out at Sidra, Libya Dawn forces had launched further Grad rocket attacks but the missiles had not hit any of the surviving tanks.
Mismari said that the air attacks had targeted the port in Misrata, an air defence college and the sprawling LISCO iron and steel works. ‘“We did not want to bomb these facilities in Misrata. They belong to the Libyan state”. But, he said, they had been used by Libya Dawn forces as weapons stores. He did not give any assessment of the damage inflicted in the strikes. The Tripoli-controlled LANA news agency reported that two people had been injured and a building damaged.
Mismari also reported ferocious exchanges between the army and Libya Dawn forces around Ben Jawad to the west of Sidra. He said that there had been heavy exchanges of artillery on both sides.
Meanwhile, Mismari said that in the west, the army had driven Libya Dawn militias into “significant retreat” and retaken control of a number of strategic points. [/restrict]