Libya: Mysterious warplanes shell IS’s positions in Sirte

Libya: Mysterious warplanes shell IS’s positions in Sirte

Unidentified warplanes carried air strikes on IS’s positions in the Libyan city of Sirte Thursday shortly after mid-night, witnesses said.

The air-strikes the second this month targeted IS fighters’ positions in former ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown.

It is still unclear who was behind the military raid as neither Libya National Army (LNA,) its affiliated militias, nor Tripoli-based administration claimed responsibility of the raids.

Information from the city has been very rare since it fell in the hands of militants who have imposed their rule.

Sirte, hometown of former ruler Gaddafi was controlled by Tripoli Libya Dawn militia forces before being overrun by IS fighters. Attempts to regain the city failed amid political confusion and lack of real will by neither the Libyan army nor the Tripoli-based administration.

The country has been divided and partly controlled by two different governments and two distinctive parliaments trading accusations.

UN’s efforts to bring stability are being crippled by the Libyan internationally recognized parliament, the House of Representative (HoR) and the rival Tripoli-based parliament known as the General National Congress (GNC.) Both bodies rejected the UN-proposed power-sharing Government of National Accord unveiled on October 8, putting the Dialogue Process into jeopardy.

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