22 fighters from Libyan forces killed in Sunday clashes in Sirte

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22 fighters of the Libyan forces of to Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord’s Al-Bunyan AL-Marsous operation were killed and 120 others wounded in clashes Sunday with the so-called Islamic State group in Sirte, a medical source said.

A field hospital for the Misrata-led forces backing the Government of National Accord (GNA) listed the names of the 22 fighters killed in the coastal city, as the forces pushed into the last areas held by IS in Sirte (Neighbourhood 3 and parts of Neighbourhood 1)

Earlier, the media office of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous military operation confirmed that their forces started Sunday removing the sand barricades from the entrance of the neighbourhood 3 before they storm it and root IS militants out of it.

About 1,000 pro-GNA fighters were taking part in the offensive, the media office said, adding that a tank had destroyed a bomb-rigged car before IS radicals could use it to target their forces.

This comes as the final stage of the battle against IS in Sirte after the Misurata-led forces completely controlled neighbourhood 1 after an all-out advance from different frontlines.

IS militants are now hiding out in small area in the nooks of neighbourhood 3 and some nooks of neighbourhood 1 as the Misurata-led forces prepare to retake the whole city and eradicate the terrorists from them.

On Saturday, the media office announced that some families of the IS militants in those neighbourhoods responded positively to the deadline for leaving the city and only some of them remained with the militants.

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