The government action will “purge all Libyan cities of aggressor and illegitimate forces,” said Colonel Mohamed Gnounou
The International Organization for Migration says deaths already total over 4,000 this year — 26 percent higher than in 2015 and increasingly concentrated in the Mediterranean.
If the advances are sustained, they could dislodge Islamic State from its most important base outside the Middle East and provide a boost to the UN-backed Government of National Accord.
Muammar Qaddafi is gone and his sons are either dead or in prison, but Libya is still convulsing as rival governments vie for control of the oil-rich nation.
Libya named a new national unity government on Tuesday — a small but important step toward ending the nation's bloody, multi-party civil war. Looming over the ordeal is the specter of the Islamic State, which is expanding a mini-state in Sirte.
Salisbury Beach, a once-bustling post-war seaside destination, is now a depressed ghost town—but the pizza keeps people coming back.
Spanish diplomat Bernardino Leon was communicating by email with UAE officials about the position while he was overseeing negotiations between the two principal sides in Libya's conflict, one of whom is backed by the UAE.
These negotiations are the international community's attempt to retain Libya as some sort of viable state. Meanwhile, a power vacuum has allowed people-smugglers and Islamist militants to gain an edge in the chaos.
In the years since Qaddafi's fall, Libya has been torn apart by political instability, militia violence, and Islamist extremist groups.