Libya officials say fighting around Tripoli resumes

A two-day truce was observed during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Tuesday 13/08/2019
In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, Libyan militia commander General Khalifa Haftar meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. (AP)
In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, Libyan militia commander General Khalifa Haftar meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. (AP)

Fighting around Tripoli resumed overnight, following a two-day truce observed during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Libyan officials said Tuesday.

The two-day cease-fire — proposed by the UN — was the first since the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by commander Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive in April to capture Tripoli from a UN-supported but weak government supported by Islamist groups and various militias.

Haftar's forces carried out airstrikes overnight on Tripoli's southern outskirts, the officials said.

The militias allied with Tripoli's UN-backed government also shelled the positions of LNA forces in the southern and eastern outskirts, they said.

Tripoli health officials said no civilian casualties were reported on Tuesday. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

On Saturday, both sides had accepted the truce ahead of the holiday, though they later each claimed the other had violated the cease-fire.

Authorities at the Mitiga airport, Tripoli's only functional airport, suspended flights for several hours Sunday after reporting that a shell fell just meters (yards) away from the runway.

 (AP)