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Libya officials: Fighting around Tripoli resumes, truce over

The Arab World | 2019-08-13 15:04:03
Libya officials: Fighting around Tripoli resumes, truce over
 Libyan officials say the fighting around Tripoli has resumed, following a two-day truce observed during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The officials said Tuesday that the self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander Khalifa Haftar carried out airstrikes overnight on the southern outskirts of Tripoli.

They say the militias allied to the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli also shelled Haftar's forces in the area. On Saturday, both sides had accepted a U.N.-proposed truce during Eid al-Adha, which began Sunday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

Hifter's forces launched an offensive in April to capture Tripoli. The fighting has killed over 1,100 people, mostly combatants, and displaced more than 100,000 civilians.

The battle lines have changed little over recent weeks.

Associated Press
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