Libyan government accuses rebel army of attacking civilian airstrip

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-30 11:13:49|Editor: Yurou
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TRIPOLI, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The UN-backed government of Libya on Friday accused the rival east-based army of attacking a civilian airstrip in the town of Kabaw, about 230 km southwest of the capital city of Tripoli.

The air force of the east-based army targeted an airstrip used for humanitarian purposes in Kabaw, according to spokesman of the government forces Mohamed Gonono.

The spokesman did not detail any human casualties caused by the airstrike.

Gonono also said the UN-backed government forces foiled the east-based army's attempts to infiltrate into Hira area, some 60 km south of the capital.

The east-based army said it had taken over parts of Hira area, causing "great human and material losses" to the UN-backed government forces.

The east-based army, led by Khalifa Haftar, has been leading a military campaign in and around Tripoli since early April, attempting to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.

The armed conflicts have injured and killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 120,000 civilians.

Libya has been plagued by insecurity and political division since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.