Libya's GNA says it is targeting Haftar's retreating forces

Ankara has provided military support to the internationally recognised Government of National Accord in Libya

Turkey warns against attacks on its presence in Libya

The offer followed a series of successes by GNA forces in recent weeks, including the capture of the Al Watiya airbase near Tripoli on Monday, and was dismissed by GNA Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha as an attempt to disguise a retreat.

Mr Al Sarraj's government this week rejected an offer of a ceasefire from forces allied to the House of Representatives administration based in eastern Libya and led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

The Government of National Accord (GNA) said it had retaken several towns in recent days, including the town of Esabia on Thursday, according to Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency. However, the LNA said it had already pulled out of those areas as a humanitarian gesture for Ramadan. The focus of the conflict has shifted towards Tarhouna, the biggest remaining LNA stronghold in northwest Libya.

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The United Nations Libya mission said it was following the mobilisation around Tarhouna with "great concern", warning all parties against any acts of retribution in a statement the United States said it supported.

The United States officially backs the UN-recognized government and opposes Haftar's offensive.

A report last month by the International Crisis Group said that Turkey has sent into Libya at least 100 military officers, shiploads of weapons and aerial defenses as well as at least 2,000 pro-Turkish fighters from Syria.

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Haftar - who is backed by USA allies Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia - launched an offensive in April 2019 to seize Tripoli that has killed hundreds.

The LNA launched its campaign to take Tripoli last April, initially making inroads before reaching a stalemate with GNA forces.

Turkey has had frayed ties with the UAE and Egypt for years.

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