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Libya: 'At least 60 killed' at airbase fight

19.05.2017

Reports from Libya say at least 60 people have been killed in fighting between rival forces in the south of the country.

The death toll could not be independently verified.

A spokesman for the Libyan National Army group said an airbase it controls at Brak al-Shati came under attack.

A faction known as the Third Force said it carried out the offensive.

The area has become a focus of tensions between supporters of Libya's UN-backed government based in Tripoli, and its opponents.

Earlier this month, the commander of the Libyan National Army group, Khalifa Haftar, met the head of the government in Tripoli, Fayez al-Sarraj, to try to calm the situation in the south.

There were hopes that that landmark meeting would pave the way for a wider political and military settlement in the country.

But whatever tentative truce there was appears to have collapsed.

 

BBC


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