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13 Killed in Fresh Fighting Between Government Forces and Militants in Sirte | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Three members of the Libyan government of national accord’s forces and ten ISIS fighters were killed in Sirte yesterday after renewed fighting in the coastal city, according to military and medical sources.

In a statement, government forces said that “Our troops continue to advance towards ISIS’ last strongholds inside Sirte, and they are targeting a group of ISIS fighters with heavy artillery in district No. 3 which is located in eastern Sirte (450 km east of Tripoli)”.

In another statement, the office of government forces said that they were able to foil three attempted car bombings before they reached their targets.

A field hospital run by government forces announced that three pro-government fighters were killed in Sirte yesterday, while government troops reported that at least ten members of the extremist organisation ISIS were killed.

Libyan government forces launched operation Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos (“Solid Structure”) on the 12th of March to regain Sirte from the extremist organisation ISIS which has controlled it since June 2015.

According to medical sources, more than 450 pro-government fighters have been killed and some 2,500 have been wounded since the operation began. There are no statistics about the number of ISIS fighters that have been killed.

The fall of Sirte will be a painful blow to ISIS which is experiencing a series of setbacks in Iraq and Syria.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Secretary General of the Arab League Mahmoud Afifi yesterday revealed that a tripartite meeting on coordination will be held in Cairo on October the 25th between Arab League representatives, the African Union and the United Nations in an effort to address the crisis in Libya.