IS launched another attack on Misrata this week, detonating a car bomb on 5 April at the Sadada checkpoint to the east of the city. Operation Libya Dawn looks as far as ever from dislodging IS from Sirte. IS fighters are in key positions inside Sirte and clearly have no intention of backing down.

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The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council is still dug in in Al-Laithi, Buatni and Qawarsha among other areas. Thus although Hafter clearly has the upper hand, this battle will continue to drag on, inflicting further damage on the city.

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Hafter finally made some progress in Benghazi this week, taking almost full control of the notorious Al-Sabri neighbourhood. Fierce fighting also has continued around Sirte prompting Misrata’s Brigade 166 on 4 April to declare a curfew on the town.

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