Libyan east-based army says making progress in southern Tripoli

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-06 10:56:57|Editor: huaxia
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TRIPOLI, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- The east-based army of Libya said Saturday that it is making progress in southern Tripoli against the forces of the UN-backed government, as the armed conflict between the two parties continues.

"The army units have advanced in a number of axes in the capital after fierce clashes this morning, and took control of new sites that will be revealed as soon as instructions are issued," the army's information office said in a statement.

The army has seized a number of military vehicles, weapons and ammunition of the government's forces, and also captured a number of their troops, it said.

The east-based army and the government have been fighting in and around Tripoli since early April over the control of the capital.

The violence killed and injured thousands of people, and displaced nearly 120,000 civilians.

Libya has been plagued by political division and escalating violence ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.