Air raids on Libyan cap­i­tal kill five, says min­istry

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Tripoli, Libya - At least five civil­ians were killed and ten wounded in overnight airstrikes in a sub­urb of Libya’s cap­i­tal, the unity gov­ern­ment’s Health Min­istry said on Mon­day.

“Vi­o­lent air raids on the res­i­den­tial area of Al-Swani killed five civil­ians and in­jured ten oth­ers, some of them se­ri­ously,” said spokesman Amin al Hashemi.

Hashemi re­ported ma­jor dam­age af­ter the strikes on al Swani, some 25km south of cen­tral Tripoli. He said there was no mil­i­tary in­fra­struc­ture in the area.

Tripoli has seen months of deadly fight­ing since east­ern­based mil­i­tary strong­man Khal­ifa Haf­tar launched an April of­fen­sive to seize the cap­i­tal from armed groups back­ing the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Ac­cord (GNA).

The GNA said ‘Emi­rati drones’ back­ing Haf­tar had car­ried out the strikes, say­ing a woman and a child were among the dead.

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