LNA: After the Italian Plane Was Shot Down, We Declare a No-Fly Zone Over Tripoli – Al Marsad

The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced the imposition of a No-Fly Zone over the theatre of operations in the Western Military Zone, demanding in its statement that the Civil Aviation Authority, all airlines, and all those using Libyan airspace to avoid flying over the areas designated as military operations zones. Prior coordination with the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in order to obtain exemptions or permissions will be required in advance, according to General Al-Mesmari.

[Libya, 24 November 2019] – The Spokesman of the LNA General Command, General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, told Libya’s Channel, “after scaling up and progressing with our military operations, and in the wake of the shooting down of the Italian drone, the LNA General Command decided to issue this announcement in addition to its previous statements to state categorically that this area is a military and a No-Fly Zone.”

He pointed out that the No-Fly Zone extends from Al-Maya to the Women’s College to Tajoura and then to Garabulli and al-Rabta Road with the exception of the Mitiga Airport.

Al-Mesmari pointed out that the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces used a successful strategy in their battles in Tripoli in order to preserve the capital and the protect its residents from the affliction of war, by strictly adhering to the rules of engagement. He said that the LNA lured the armed militias to areas outside the residential cordons of the capital where they were eliminated, and that their fighting capabilities have been gradually depleted.

General al-Mesmari stressed that the ongoing military operations in Tripoli are achieving excellent outputs, pointing out that the operations are heading towards achieving a decisive victory.


© Al Marsad English (2019)