Mirroring the Iraqi Army progress in Mosul, the LNA is clearing Islamic militants from Benghazi and has advanced from Suq-al-Hout, which was captured on Friday. Many civilians wish to return to their homes, but there are undiscovered booby traps among the residences, so they will have to wait until the de-mining teams finish their work.
Recognizing recent progress, the UAE deputy chief of staff Major General Eisa Saif Al-Mazrouei visited the LNA over the weekend. It does look like the fractured eastern part of Libya is becoming more cohesive, but will this lead to a greater division with the West?
See Chapter 6 of Belfast to Benghazi for an understanding of the historic tensions between Cyrenaica and Tripolitania.