Libya's internationally recognized government of national reconciliation forces thwarted an attempt by the retired Major General Khalifa Haftar to move towards Tripoli through the Zatarneh axis, while Mitiga International Airport was again bombed amid international condemnation.
Military sources on the island said government fighters destroyed hostile military vehicles and forced Hifter's forces to retreat to their positions on the outskirts of the city of Tarhuna, southeast of Tripoli.
Local sources said that three people were injured in an aerial bombardment carried out by a plane belonging to the forces of Hifter on the project neighborhood in the eastern entrance to the city of Murzuq southwest of Libya. Two of the wounded were in critical condition, the sources added.
Local sources in the Libyan capital Tripoli also renewed the targeting of Mitiga International Airport with Grad missiles.
The sources pointed out that the bombing coincided with the takeoff and the arrival of aircraft in late flights. The airport has been repeatedly attacked since Hifter's forces began an offensive to wrest control of the internationally recognized government-controlled capital.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) denounced what it described as systematic and steadily increasing attacks on airports in western Libya, including Mitiga and Zwara.
These attacks endanger the lives of thousands of civilian travelers, including UN staff and humanitarian workers, the mission said in a statement.
The new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed - by telephone - to his counterpart, Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord winner Sarraj, the absence of a "military solution" to the crisis in Libya.
Speaking of the need to "find a political solution to restore stability to the country," he reiterated that "the government of reconciliation is the only body recognized by the United Kingdom," adding that "the negative interventions of some external parties prolong the war and contribute to the aggravation of the crisis and must be stopped."