State of emergency declared in Libya's Sirte

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 11, 2019 17:29 hrs

[Libya], Mar 11 (ANI): Libya's Government of National Accord has declared a state of emergency and mobilisation here after the Libyan National Army moved forward to the southern outskirt of the city.

All troops connected to the GNA, which is UN-backed, have been called to duty, reports Anadolu Agency.

"Any attack on the city will mean a declaration of war and its consequences will turn into a disaster," a statement issued by the security and protection force in Sirte noted.

Meanwhile, social media users have posted videos of armed men, reportedly loyal to the Libyan National Army which is led by east Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar, patrolling at the southern gate of Sirte.

Libya has been in the throes of a turmoil ever since the dictator Muammar Al Gaddafi was captured and killed in the Battle of Sirte. Following this, the Government of National Accord was formed as an interim measure in Libya under the terms of the UN-brokered Libyan Political Agreement. (ANI)