TRIPOLI

The Libyan army on Thursday said it gained control of a main supply line used by warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militias, days after it regained full control over the capital Tripoli from the forces loyal to the eastern-based renegade commander.

An army statement said it now controlled the 350-km-long supply line that connects south and west of Libya, and was used by Haftar’s militias for over a year.

Separately, it said Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj met military commanders in Tripoli, and in the country’s north and center.

He reviewed military operations against Haftar, who is backed by the United Arab Emirates, along with efforts to ensure the safety of the people, and public facilities in recaptured areas.

The government launched Operation Peace Storm in March to counter attacks on the capital, and recently repelled the 14-month assault. It also regained strategic locations, including Al-Watiya airbase and the city of Tarhuna.

Following the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya’s new government was founded in 2015 under a political deal led by the UN.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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