Three dead in renewed Tripoli fighting


At least three fighters aligned to Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) were killed in an offensive aimed at pushing back eastern forces led by commander Khalifa Haftar, a witness said.

The clashes between the GNA forces and Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) on Saturday came after almost a month of calm.

LNA forces launched a surprise offensive in April to take control of Tripoli, where UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Seraj and his GNA are based.

“Three fighters allied to GNA from Misrata were killed in the offensive in Tripoli,” the witness from the coastal city, east of Tripoli, told Reuters.

An LNA military source said the offensive was repelled and the LNA maintained its positions.

The source added five LNA troops were injured. Neither side claimed significant advances.

The GNA forces’ media office, Volcano Wrath, posted a photo of heavy artillery targeting the LNA in Wadi Rabea, Qew Triangle and Sabea in Tripoli’s southern suburbs.