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Al Jazeera 18 May 2020

Libya's UN-recognised government retakes key airbase

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Libya's UN-recognised government says it has retaken control of the Al Watiya airbase.
It was being used as renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar's headquarters in western Libya.
Al Jazeera's Laura Burdon-Manley has more.


Libya's UN-recognised government has denounced the Egyptian president's threats of military intervention.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says his army is ready step in if Libya's GNA forces advance on the strategic city of Sirte.
This comes after GNA forces captured significant ground against renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar over the past month.

Al Jazeera's Malik Traina reports from Misrata, Libya.
Libya's UN-recognised government has condemned air raids on a recaptured air base in the west of the country.
It says a "foreign air force" carried out the attack.
The loss of the facility in May was among a string of recent defeats for renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, pushing him out of large parts of western Libya.
Haftar launched an offensive to seize the capital, Tripoli, last year.

Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed reports from Tripoli.
A Turkish team has arrived in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to help dismantle landmines left behind by forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar.
Turkish military support has been key to recent territorial gains made by the UN-recognised government.
Al Jazeera's Malik Traina reports from Misrata, Libya.
Oil has played a major role in Libya's years-long civil war.
Most of the oilfields are in the east, under warlord Khalifa Haftar's control.
This means the UN-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli has been cut off from a huge source of income.
On Friday, Haftar's forces allowed a tanker to transport some of the crude for the first time in six months.
But they reimposed a blockade a day later.
Libya's National Oil Corporation blamed Haftar's backer, the United Arab Emirates, for the blockade.
The U.A.E says although oil production should resume, it wants what it calls 'safeguards' in place to ensure revenues aren't used to fuel the conflict.
Could the dispute scuttle attempts to end the war?


Presenter: Imran Khan


Guests:

Guma Al Gamaty - Special Envoy of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj to Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.

Wolfgang Pusztai - Former Austrian Defence Attaché to Libya.

Jonathan Winer - Former U.S. Special Envoy to Libya.

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