The UN-backed Libyan government’s forces on Friday announced the takeover of Tarhuna city, the last stronghold of the rival east-based army in western Libya.
“Our brave forces took control over the entire city of Tarhuna, and taught forces of Haftar (east-based army’s commander) a lesson they will never forget,” said Mohamed Gonono, spokesman of the government forces, in a statement.
The government forces have sent a team to “search the city for any secret prisons or mass graves in order to uncover the fate of dozens of Libyans kidnapped or missing” during the fighting against the east-based army, Gonono added.
Tarhuna is located some 90 km southeast of the capital Tripoli.
Gonono on Thursday announced takeover of all Tripoli by expelling the east-based army from the capital city.
For more than a year, the east-based army has been leading a military campaign trying to take over Tripoli and topple the UN-backed government.
Amid repeated international calls for cease-fire, hundreds of civilians were killed and injured in the fighting while more than 150,000 others fled their homes.