The press office of the operation “al Bunian al Marsus”, which comes under the unitary government of Sarraj and is guided by Misrata militias, announced that “preparations are under way to open a radio station in Sirte”. A statement on its Facebook profile reads that they are “they are preparing for test commissioning of the al Bunian radio station in Sirte and surroundings”. It is Misrata militias’ media answer to the Islamic State, which still broadcasts their radio songs and jihadist hymns in the city, despite the fighters that repeatedly bombarded them and despite the artillery operations of the Libyan government.
The Libyan fighters that took off from Misurata carried out six airstrikes yesterday, while ground troops regained an ammunition depot of the Islamic State in the city. At present, there are still fights going on in the streets of Sirte. The jihadist group seems to be mainly using recently recruited African fighters and its best snipers placed on the roofs of the buildings to slow the advance of the militias loyal to the national unity government of Tripoli. Meanwhile, the leaders of Libyan branch of the Islamic State seem to were sighted in the Dolar district, where a welfare center, which the group transformed into an arm and ammunition deposit.