The commander-in-chief of the Libyan Armed Forces, Khalifa Hafter, announced in a speech Thursday, that progress had been made in the battle for Tripoli.
Haftar, in a live televised speech on Al Hadath TV, said that Tripoli “has become a den for criminals in which the people are weakened by the power armed militias, while the state’s institutions have become their tool to loot the wealth of Libyans, day and night.”
"We will restore the dear homeland. After terrorism almost destroyed its unity and tore it apart, had it not been for the sacrifices of our martyrs, and the noble tribes who fought for it during Operation Karama," he said, adding, I recommend respecting the sanctities of homes and property, the rules of engagement, and the principles of international humanitarian law."
He called on militias in Tripoli aligned with the Government of National Accord to lay down their arms and return home.
He concluded by saying: “The army is inevitably victorious, God willing. In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful."