Libya’s UN-backed gov’t targets east-based army in southern Tripoli

FILE PHOTO: A fighter of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj, fires a truck-mounted machine gun at the forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at Ain Zara frontline, in the southern suburbs of capital Tripoli. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/picture alliance via Getty Images)

A spokesman of Libya’s UN-backed government’s forces on Saturday said its forces targeted units of the east-based army in south of the capital Tripoli.

“Our forces destroyed an ammunition store and gatherings of the militias (belonging to the east-based army) in Qasr Bin Ghashir (southern Tripoli),” Mohamed Gonono said in a statement.

On the other hand, the east-based army announced on Saturday the shooting down of a Turkish-made drone belonging to the UN-backed government’s forces in southern Tripoli, accusing the UN-backed government forces of targeting civilian areas in Tripoli.

The east-based army has been leading a military campaign since April 2019 in and around the capital Tripoli, attempting to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.

The fighting killed and injured thousands of people and forced more than 150,000 civilians to flee their homes.

The rivals have agreed to cease-fire on January 12. However, both parties exchanged accusations of breaching the truce.