Three killed by indiscriminate shelling on Libya’s Tripoli

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Photo taken on May 9, 2020 shows a damaged car after heavy shelling in Bab Ben Ghashir of Tripoli, capital of Libya. Three civilians were killed and dozens of others were injured by indiscriminate shelling that hit the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday, a local official said. (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)

Three civilians were killed and dozens of others were injured by indiscriminate shelling that hit the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday, a local official said.

“Abu-Salim, Bab Ben Ghashir, and the area near the Mitiga International Airport have been hit by heavy shelling since early morning,” Amin Hashemi, information advisor of the Ministry of Health, told Xinhua.

“The initial casualties include three deaths and dozens of injuries, all of whom are civilians,” Hashemi said, adding that the death toll is likely to increase as the shelling had not stopped yet.

The UN-backed Libyan government accused the rival eastern-based army of launching dozens of missiles on different areas in Tripoli.

The eastern-based army has been leading a military campaign in and around Tripoli for over a year, in an attempt to take control of the capital and topple the rival UN-backed government.

Since the beginning of the armed conflict, hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured while more than 150,000 others displaced from their homes, despite the repeated international calls for ending the violence.

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