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Libyan army advances towards Tripoli - official

By Naima Al-Misrati

TRIPOLI, March 20 (KUNA) -- Libya's military forces have succeeded in advancing towards the Libyan capital from western and southern fronts to rid the area from militants, a senior official in the Libyan army confirmed Friday.
The internationally-recognized Libyan army is currently close to reach Al-Zawiya city, west of Tripoli, Mohammad Al-Toumi, chief of joint military operations command center, stated to KUNA.
Army forces have taken control of the fourth brigade camp, south of the capital, Al-Toumi said, adding that Libyan warplanes have successfully stormed Al-Aziziya city after launching series of air strikes on militias' locations in the city belonging to Fajr Libya militia.
Al-Toumi also said that eight Libyan soldiers were killed and around 12 others injured so far, noting that the army have killed many of Fajr Libya militiamen and destroyed military equipment as they were advancing towards Tripoli International Airport, which was destroyed by the "terrorist militia." Meanwhile, Fajr Libya militia have withdrawn from bin Jawad and Nofaliya districts, east of Tripoli, heading towards Sirte after they had fierce armed confrontations with the Libyan branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), eye witnesses told KUNA. (end) nam.ma