Air raids on Libyan capital kill five, says ministry
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.