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Libyan government forces attack Haftar militia

Government forces target locations of militias in western Tripoli

Hamdi Yildiz   | 18.04.2020
Libyan government forces attack Haftar militia


Libyan government forces on Friday attacked locations of militias loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar in western Tripoli.  

The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) military spokesman Mohammed Kanunu issued a statement on developments of Operation Volcano Rage and said there was an air raid on the Al-Watiya airbase controlled by the militia.

Haftar’s locations were attacked after militias carried out strikes on civilian settlements using rockets that killed five and injured 18.

The Health Ministry spokesperson said a university dormitory allocated to the settlement of migrants in Libya was targeted by Haftar militias.

The GNA has been under attack by Haftar’s forces since last April, with more than 1,000 killed in the violence. It launched Operation Peace Storm on March 26 to counter attacks on the capital.

Since the ouster of longtime 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.

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