The citizens of Hawara are putting strong pressures on both Misratan forces and the Tubruq camp to act fast by blocking the coastal road to all but emergency vehicles in order to protest the lack of protection their village has received in the past weeks and days.

In a positive development, however, reports indicate that, for the first time in more than a year, the Operation Dignity-aligned air force conducted a joint operation with Misratan-led troops whilst fighting IS members in Sirte’s countryside. Although this marks only the first step of a long trust-building process, this development, alongside the above-discussed political developments, is in itself a reason for optimism in the long term.