EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Libyan pro-government forces walk next to their vehicle mounted with a machine gun on May 18, 2016 in Abu Grein, south of Libya's third city Misrata, a day after Libya's unity government recaptured the area from the Islamic State (IS) group. four of the Bodies of The organization of the Islamic State (Daash) in a truck in Abu Qurayn About 300 km east of the Libyan capital Tripoli , on May 18, 2016. The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces said on Facebook that they recaptured Abu Grein strategic crossroads, where the coastal highway meets the main road south into the desert interior on May 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 A.M.) – Local residents under siege in Derna highlighted their plight, Thursday, as the Libyan National Army (LNA) continues to block supplies to the city in a bid to weaken the Islamist militia currently in control of the north-eastern Libyan settlement.

One local said that the situation had worsened with time with supplies going into the city diminishing, in particular food stuffs and medical aid; “It was getting worse day by day, if they don’t lift the siege the situation will be so dramatic and we will have a humanitarian crisis like we have never witnessed in Libya before.”

Another Derna resident commented that “it’s worse than Gaza now.”

In May 2014, the LNA, along with support from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, launched ‘Operation Dignity’, the code name for the large-scale military offensive in the Cyrenaica region. The offensive included a victory over militias in Benghazi, ahead of the ongoing Derna operation.

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Firstly, you have featured an American backed Militia that drove ISIS out of Sirte to the South and into Benghazi deliberately in 2016, backed by the USA campaign on Sirte, backed by Misrata also where there are a hell of a lot of Israelis. Secondly, you have described ISIS and Al Qaeda in Benghazi and Derna as “Islamists” and the Libya National Army that is clearing them as “Militias” when it is the ONLY army in Libya that is an army. For a publication that is claiming to be be Pro Syrian Army and has been very Pro Syrian Army… Read more »