A source in the Omar Mukhtar Operations Room confirmed that army forces advanced in five positions southeast of Derna, as well as gaining control of the pasta and flour factory southeast of the city.
In a statement issued today, the Karama Operations Room called on the residents of the city to take caution and not to approach the gatherings of what they described as "terrorist gangs."
They called on citizens to be vigilant against their use as human shields and to prevent terror groups from using public land such as the Wadi al-Shawashir road.
An eyewitness reported that the army had taken control of Al-Fataih area (3 km east of Derna) without any resistance at noon today and that they were now on the outskirts of the city.
Marshal Khalifa Haftar, visited with officers leading the operation to liberate Derna in late April to review the final arrangements for the city according to the Information Office for the LNA.