Indiscriminate shelling kills three in Libya’s Tripoli

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: Amru Salahuddien/dpa (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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: Amru Salahuddien/dpa (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Indiscriminate shelling on Thursday killed two policemen and one civilian in the center of the Libyan capital Tripoli, an Interior Ministry official said.

“More than eight shells randomly hit near the Turkish and Italian embassies in central Tripoli, killing two policemen and one civilian,” according to an unnamed official in Libya’s Interior Ministry.

“The shelling damaged the area near the embassies and a number of vehicles passing by,” the official told Xinhua.

The UN-backed government’s forces accused the rival east-based army of the shelling, to which the army has not responded yet.

The conflict between the east-based army and the UN-backed government continues for more than a year over control of Tripoli, despite repeated international calls for cease-fire.

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