On 7 July, Libyan National Army (LNA)-aligned security forces in Sabratha reportedly arrested an extremist sleeper cell with a trove of weapons and ammunition planning to launch a terrorist attack in Sabratha. However, alternative reports suggest the cell was a pro-GNA militia planning to undertake an attack from within the town to subvert the LNA’s control.

On 6 July, Benghazi Shura Council militia forces were observed moving within the vicinity of Sirte.