Libyan government forces overran the headquarters of rival militia faction on Wednesday 15/3/2017 as artillery exchanges rocked the capital for a third day.
According to a security source, Forces loyal to Libya’s U.N backed unity government launched an overnight assault on the militia's headquarters in the Guest Palace, a complex of luxury villas in the city center, and overran it after heavy fighting.
Overwhelmed, the militias retreat with GNA forces taking control of the area according to a report referenced by AFP.
Libya has experienced years of violence and lawlessness since the NATO-backed ouster of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with rival parliaments and governments trading accusations and militias fighting over territory and the country's vast oil wealth.
Militias loyal to former Prime Minister Khalifa Ghweil, whose administration was replaced by the UN-backed Government of National Accord last year, have stepped up a campaign of defiance against its authority.