Two east-based Libyan army soldiers killed in clashes near Tripoli

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21 August 2019, Libya, Tripoli: A picture made available on 22 August 2019 shows fighters of Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez Serraj, firing their weapons during clashes with forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at Al-Yarmouk frontline. Photo: Amru Salahuddien/dpa (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/picture alliance via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Fighters of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez Serraj, take their position during clashes with forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at the Salah al-Din frontline. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Two members of the east-based Libyan army were killed Tuesday during clashes with the forces of the UN-backed government in south of Libya’s capital Tripoli.

The forces of the east-based army advanced to new stationing points and destroyed a tank, seized a military vehicle and killed a number of the UN-backed government troops following clashes at dawn, the army’s information office said in a statement.

It admitted that two of its troops were killed and five others were injured during the fighting.

For nearly six months, the east-based army has been leading a military campaign against the UN-backed government in and around Tripoli, attempting to take over the city and overthrow the UN-backed government.

The conflict has killed and injured thousands of people, and displaced nearly 120,000 civilians.

Libya has been plagued by political division and instability ever since the fall of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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