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Libya: 2 civilians killed in attacks by Haftar militias

Child, woman killed in rocket attacks on settlements in south of capital

Hamdi Yildiz   | 13.04.2020
Libya: 2 civilians killed in attacks by Haftar militias


Two civilians were killed late Sunday in attacks on civilian settlements in the south of Libya's capital by militias loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar.

In Sidi Selim, a woman was killed by a rocket attack, said the Abu Selim Municipality in Tripoli.

In Ain Zara, a rocket hit a house and one child was killed while four other civilians were wounded, the State of Emergency and Rescue Council under the Health Ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a statement.

As part of measures against the novel coronavirus, a ceasefire came into effect on March 21. Despite this, Haftar’s militias have continued their attacks on the capital.

The GNA administration launched "Operation Peace Storm" on March 26 to counteract the attacks.

The North African country has so far reported 25 cases of the virus and one death.

Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: Haftar in eastern Libya, supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the GNA in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international recognition.

The GNA has been under attack by Haftar’s forces since last April, with more than 1,000 killed in the violence.

*Writing by Firdevs Bulut

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