A multi-national force has attacked Libya’s coastal city of Sirte, the UN-recognized government said on Tuesday.

In a statement, Taha Hadid, a spokesman for Sirte protection force of the Government of National Accord (GNA), described the withdrawal of government forces from the city as “tactical”.

“Sleeper cells attacked our forces, which found themselves before the option of turning the situation into warfare inside residential neighborhoods,” Hadid said.

“Our operations’ room looked into the situation and estimated that this would put 120,000 residents at the risk of death and displacement,” he said.

“After studying the situation, we have taken

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