Libya's GNA recaptures more districts in capital Tripoli

Turkey warns against attacks on its presence in Libya

This comes after Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) wrestled control of Al-Watiya military air base from the LNA earlier this week, dealing a significant blow to Haftar's military.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Sergey Lavrov had a call with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavudoglu, and that they underlined the need for an immediate cease-fire in Libya and the resumption of a political process based on decisions made at a conference in Berlin earlier this year.

On Monday, the GNA of Fayez al-Sarraj seized al-Watiya airbase in Tripoli's southwestern desert reaches.

Haftar's forces - backed by Egypt, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates - vowed to retaliate with an air campaign.

Military spokesman Mohamed Gnunu said that air strikes by the GNA targeted several locations in the west of the country, including in the Haftar stronghold of Tarhouna near Tripoli.

The spokesman for the Libyan Army Mohammed Gununu confirmed the seizure of Al-Asaba, saying it was done after a crippling attack from different axes by the GNA forces.

Turkish media reported Thursday that the GNA carried out five air operations against forces loyal to Haftar in the past 24 hours.

Since 2014, Libya has been split between rival factions based in Tripoli and in the east, in a sometimes chaotic war that has drawn in outside powers and a flood of foreign arms and mercenaries.

But it still controls eastern and southern Libya, including most of the country's oil facilities, and the city of Sirte, at the centre of Libya's Mediterranean coastline. Ankara's defence minister Hulusi Akar on Wednesday said that as a result of Turkish training and advice, "the balance in Libya changed significantly".

"This statement, which reflects the delusion of elements affiliated to Haftar due to their recent losses on the ground, is a clear indication of the intent of putschists Haftar and his supporters to escalate the conflict in Libya", Aksoy said in the statement.

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