After fierce fighting on 28-30 July, the Misratan-led Bunyan Marsus coalition took full control of the Hay Dollar area in Sirte. Bunyan Marsus forces seized an artillery ammunition cache in the area, and are currently fortifying their positions there. Fighting against ISIS continued in the Qusoor Al Diyafa area near Ouagadougou Centre, ISIS’s stronghold in Sirte. The operation has thus far cost more than 300 Bunyan Marsus lives, with another 1,500 injured.
On 1 August, Government of National Accord Prime Minister Fayez Serraj made a televised speech announcing the beginning of US airstrikes against ISIS in Sirte, following a formal request by the Presidential Council. The request was based on a 25 July recommendation by the Bunyan Marsus operations room to call for US airstrikes against identified ISIS targets in the city.