Libyan pro-Haftar forces hold positions south of Benghazi (Credit: AFP).

The Libyan National Army (LNA), under the command of Field Marshal General Khalifa Haftar, declared on Saturday a no-fly zone for combat aircraft in the country’s western region, as they prepare to storm the capital city of Tripoli, the Arabic language version of Al-Arabiya TV reported, citing the military forces there.

“The Libyan army declares the western region of the country a military operation zone and imposes a ban on combat aircraft flights in the area,” the military said in a communique.

“We will carry out strikes against any airports in the west from where sorties are made,” they added.

Earlier in the week, the Libyan National Army seized the key town of Ghariyan, south of Tripoli city, after a fierce battle with the Turkish-backed forces of the Government of National Accord.

Since capturing Ghariyan, the Libyan National Army has seized several other areas south of Tripoli, forcing the Government of National Accord to seek assistance from the United Nations in order to forestall the advance of the Haftar-led troops.

Should the Government of National Accords lose Tripoli, they will be forced to retreat to their stronghold of Misrata, which is located in between the capital city and the LNA’s stronghold of Benghazi in northern Libya.

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