Libyan PM Sarraj visits former Daesh stronghold of Sirte

Published September 1st, 2016 - 12:55 GMT
Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj speaks during a press conference in the capital, Tripoli, March 30, 2016. (AFP/File)
Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj speaks during a press conference in the capital, Tripoli, March 30, 2016. (AFP/File)

The head of Libya‘s UN-backed government, Fayez Sarraj, visited the former stronghold of Daesh in Sirte on Wednesday, an official said.

Sarraj toured some "liberated" locations in the central city and met with commanders of the ongoing operation against Daesh there, a spokesman for the government, Jalal Othman, told dpa.

Sarraj also reviewed arrangements for a final phase of the offensive aimed at dislodging the militants from the last district under their control in the city, according to Othman.

The visit was the first to Sirte by Serraj since he arrived in Tripoli from Tunisia in March, leading the government and a presidency council.

In May, pro-government forces, mainly from the western city of Misrata, started a major offensive to drive Daesh from Sirte, which the radical group seized last year.

Earlier this month, the United States started airstrikes in support of the Libyan forces against Daesh in Sirte.

Sirte, about 450 kilometres east of Tripoli, is strategically important because it links Libya‘s east and west.

Libya has descended into anarchy since the overthrow of longtime dictator Moamer Gaddafi in a 2011 uprising.

Daesh has taken advantage of the chaos and established a foothold in the oil-rich country. 


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