Surfing competition held in Libya's Tripoli amid armed conflict

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-14 04:03:31|Editor: huaxia
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A surfing competition is held in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Dec. 13, 2019 with a total of 17 surfers participated. (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)

Dozens of surfers compete in Libya's capital Tripoli, where deadly armed conflict has been underway, killing and injuring thousands of people.

TRIPOLI, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- A surfing competition was held in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday with participation of 17 surfers, amid deadly armed conflict in and around the city.

"The Wind Friends competition is an initiative from the Wind Friends Surfing School. A total of 17 surfers participated from Tripoli and Zuwara, some 120 km west of Tripoli," Mahmoud Lateed, head of the competition's supervising committee, told Xinhua.

A man is watching the surfing competition held in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Dec. 13, 2019. (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)

The competition takes place as the armed conflict between the eastern-based army and the UN-backed government continues in and around Tripoli.

The eastern-based army 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 fighting killed and injured thousands of people, and displaced more than 120,000 civilians away from their homes.