Libya's opposing forces clash near besieged capital

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Published on May 25, 2019 - Duration: 00:50s

Libya's opposing forces clash near besieged capital

Fighters loyal to Libya's U.N.backed government launched a counter asault against Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army on Saturday.

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Libya's opposing forces clash near besieged capital

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Forces loyal to the United Nations-backed Libyan Government carried out a counter-assault against eastern commander Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) on Saturday (May 25) as the battle for the besieged capital intensified.

The flare-up in the conflict in Libya began in early April, when Haftar's LNA advanced on Tripoli.

The country has been gripped by anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

The LNA is now bogged down in southern suburbs by fighters loyal to Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj's Government of National Accord (GNA).

Fighting in the battle for Tripoli has killed at least 510 people, forced 75,000 out of their homes, trapped thousands of migrants in detention centres and flattened some suburbs, according to the United Nations.

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