The Libyan Accord Government forces stationed west of the city of Sirte urged its fighters and the forces supporting it to raise the level of alert and prepare to repel what it said was an expected move by the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar.
The Al-Wefaq Forces warned – in a statement – on Wednesday of the increasing mobilization and fortifications carried out by Haftar’s forces around Sirte (450 kilometers east of the capital Tripoli) and Al-Jufra (650 kilometers southeast of Tripoli), such as planting mines, digging trenches, and bringing in mercenaries and heavy machinery and artillery.
The Accord Forces called on civilians not to approach the areas of military operations west of Sirte, except after obtaining prior permission from the Field Military Operations Room.
For its part, Haftar’s forces responded with a statement accusing the forces of the Al-Wefaq government of mobilizing their fighters east of Misrata in preparation for the attack on Sirte and Al-Jufrah, and a statement by Haftar’s forces said that the movements of the Al-Wefaq forces are a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement.
Earlier, the Accord Forces announced the monitoring of 12 flights transporting mercenaries from Syria to Haftar’s control areas, since last October.