Khalifa Haftar's self-styled army claimed control over the city of Muzurk in south-west Libya Friday, following battles with the South Protection Force of Tabu.

The military information division of Haftar's forces said that the move comes within the operations of "clearing the south", adding that it had seized vehicles and weapons from the Chadian gangs and had captured many of their fighters.

A local source confirmed the withdrawal of the South Protection Force from Murzuk to an unknown destination in the desert.

Haftar's forces have intensified their ground and air attacks on the town of Murzuk three days ago, from within the area of Ghadwa south of Sabha.