Three civilians killed in Tripoli airstrike, Libya

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A Libyan police checks a damaged civilian vehicle, after a missile hit the terminal's park of Mitiga airport in Tripoli, Libya August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
A Libyan police checks a damaged civilian vehicle, after a missile hit the terminal’s park of Mitiga airport in Tripoli, Libya August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Three civilians were killed on Saturday in an airstrike in the south of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, a military source said.

“An airstrike targeted the highway linking Karimiya with Sawani in southern Tripoli, killing three civilians in a car headed toward downtown Tripoli,” a source of the UN-backed government forces told Xinhua.

The source accused the rival east-based army of carrying out the airstrike, saying it targeted the government forces in Karimiya earlier in the day.

However the eastern-based army, lead by General Khalifa Haftar, has denied responsibility for the strike.

Libya February TV showed footage of a number of bodies and vehicles on the highway where the airstrike took place.

Another attack saw flights temporarily suspended Saturday at Tripoli’s sole functioning airport, after it was hit by a rocket as two civilian flights were landing, airport authorities said.

The UN-backed government has been engaged in a deadly armed conflict since early April in and around Tripoli against the east-based army, which is trying to take over the city and overthrow the government.

The east-based army, led by Khalifa Haftar, is allied with the east-based government, as the North African nation is politically divided between eastern and western governments.

Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid insecurity and chaos ever since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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