Libya’s internationally recognised government says it has retaken the strategic town of Gharyan following clashes with insurgent forces.
Gharyan was the main supply base for an offensive on the capital, Tripoli, by fighters led by General Khalifa Haftar.
His Libyan National Army LNA has not yet confirmed the loss, and details are still emerging.
Libya has been torn by violence and division since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.
Dozens have died since the LNA began its campaign earlier this year against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), which is led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serra.