On May 17, the Shura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna (SCMD) repelled an attack of the Libyan Nation Army (LNA) on its positions in the districts of Bab Shyha and Bab Tobruq in the southern and eastern parts of the city of Derna, according to the Qatari al-Jazeera TV.
The pro-SCMD news outlet Derna Red Line (DRL) said that SCMD fighters had killed more than ten LNA soldiers and had captured four vehicles of the LNA. The DRL also acknowledged that three fighters of the SCMD had been killed during the clashes in the city.
The Africa Gate News confirmed that the LNA had failed to advance in the Bab Shyha district due to the heavy shelling by the SCMD on its positions south of Derna.
According to al-Jazeera, warplanes and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) of the LNA and its allies carried out several airstrikes on positions and vehicles of the SCMD in Derna after the failed attack.
Libyan sources reported that the LNA is now massing more troops around Derna. This allows to suggest that the LNA is preparing to launch a bigger ground attack on the SCMD positions in Derna soon.
LNA Vehicles captured by the SCMD: