6 killed by indiscriminate shelling in Libya’s Tripoli

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A UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) fighter takes cover at Salah Al-Din frontline in Tripoli, on Marcn 23, 2020. Six civilians have been killed by indiscriminate shelling by the eastern-based army in Libya in south of the capital Tripoli, the UN-backed Libyan government said Monday. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua)
A UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) fighter takes cover at Salah Al-Din frontline in Tripoli, on Marcn 23, 2020. Six civilians have been killed by indiscriminate shelling by the eastern-based army in Libya in south of the capital Tripoli, the UN-backed Libyan government said Monday. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua)

Six civilians have been killed by indiscriminate shelling by the eastern-based army in Libya in south of the capital Tripoli, the UN-backed Libyan government said Monday.

Six others were injured in the shelling within 48 hours, said Mohamed Gonono, spokesman of the forces of the UN-backed Libyan government, in a statement.

“Instructions were issued for our forces to respond to any attack and deal firmly with fire sources,” the statement said.

Despite the announcement of accepting international calls for a humanitarian cease-fire to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, the rivals have exchanged accusations for beaching the truce and targeting civilians in Tripoli.

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

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

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