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Fighters from Misrata fire weapons at Islamic State militants near Sirte March 15, 2015. Islamic State has been exploiting the turmoil in Libya, where the internationally recognized government of Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and the administration in Tripoli and their respective allies are fighting for power. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Cairo- The army loyal to the government based in the east Libya announced breaking off relations with commander of 204 tanks brigade and the defense minister-designate of the UN-proposed government Colonel Al-Mahdi Al-Barghathi.

The commander of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar issued a resolution that stipulates changing the name of 204 tanks brigade to 298 tanks brigade and appointing Abd Al-Karim Barghouti as a leader of the tanks brigade.

Latest updates indicate termination of official relations between Minister of Defense in Siraj government and the military institution in eastern Libya; they also signal an escalation of conflicts between Haftar and Siraj.

Libyan News Agency reported that on Thursday a number of military vehicles, belonging to the terrorist groups, were bombarded by the air force.

For the second day in the row, the U.S. Department of Defense and Siraj government forces overlooked accusations paused by Ahmed al-Mesmari, the spokesman for Haftar’s forces, against the U.S. air force of carrying out air strikes that targeted Siraj government military vehicles by mistake instead of ISIS vehicles in Sirt.

“Sirt will be liberated by the Libyan National Army and not by the U.S. or any other country”, said Mesmari in a press conference held on Thursday, yet he refused to disclose more details with regards to this issue.

Some military Libyan leaders said that hundreds of ISIS fighters are besieged in Sirt despite the fact that they have put their hands over four towns. The majority of Sirt residents have been displaced, up to 80,000 residents