In July, the LNA pushed Islamic State out Sabratha, but the power struggle in this important town continues. The latest fighting between 48 Brigade and the Anti-Daesh Operations Room is now a week old. Damage has spread from the town centre to Dahman district.
Sabratha controls the main route between Tripoli and Tunisia and sits next to the Zawiyah Oil Refinery. That is why the local elders from Zintan, Zawiyah and Sabratha have been joined by those from Zuwara, Khoms, Zliten and Misrata in calling for an immediate ceasefire.
Our examination of Sabratha and the western coastal towns in 2011 is covered in Chapter 6 of Belfast to Benghazi.