On 25 October, military vehicles thought to belong to the Benghazi Defence Brigade (BDB) were observed south of Umm al-Aranib in south-western Libya, in the area of the Chinese company. The sources claimed to have identified the BDB members despite them shaving their beards and said they had moved their military equipment and ammunition out of Murzuq to Umm al-Aranib to avoid US airstrikes.