Colonel Mohammad Gnounou informed reporters during a press conference on Sunday that his forces have begun a counter-offensive dubbed "Operation Volcano of Anger" to expel the Libyan National Army from the areas immediately south of Tripoli.
Colonel Gnounou said his forces will be "purging all Libyan cities of aggressor and illegitimate forces" amid an ongoing offensive by the Libyan National Army.
The Libyan National Army announced on Sunday morning that their air force had begun targeting the Tripoli suburbs as they look to oust the UN--recognized Government of National Accord.
These airstrikes come a day after the Libyan National Army announced a no-fly-zone over the western part of the country.
The forces loyal to Field Marshal Haftar are currently in control of most of Libya, with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord being confined to the northwestern region of the country.