Libya's east-based army says targets UN-backed gov't forces in eastern Tripoli - The Libyan Report

Libya's east-based army says targets UN-backed gov't forces in eastern Tripoli

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-12 02:17:01|Editor: yan

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TRIPOLI, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- The east-based army of Libya said on Friday that its fighter jets had targeted positions of the UN-backed government's forces in the east of the capital Tripoli.

"The air force targeted gatherings of the militias (UN-backed government forces) in Tajura, including terrorists and mercenaries," the east-based army's information office said in a statement, revealing no details about casualties.

Local media published footage of smoke rising from the attack sites.

The statement also said the east-based army's air force had targeted a convoy of the UN-backed government's forces in southern Tripoli.

Since early April, the east-based army has been leading a military campaign to take over Tripoli and overthrow the UN-backed government.

The armed conflict claimed thousands of lives and displaced nearly 120,000 civilians.

Libya has been suffering escalating violence and political division ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. source