Libya's east-based army claims killing of 41 UN-backed government troops

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-06 12:27:51|Editor: huaxia

TRIPOLI, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The east-based army of Libya on Sunday said it killed 41 troops of the UN-backed government's forces in the south of capital Tripoli, as the armed conflict between the two continues.

The east-based army's information office also posted images of bodies in battlefields, saying they belong to the UN-backed government's forces.

Earlier on Sunday, the east-based army said it shot down three Turkey-made drones belonging to the UN-backed government's forces near the city of Misurata, some 200 km east of Tripoli.

On April 4, 2019, the east-based army launched a military campaign in and around Tripoli in an attempt to take over the city and topple the rival UN-backed government.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has documented at least 356 civilian deaths and 329 injuries since the outbreak of the armed conflict.

Nearly 150,000 people in and around Tripoli have been forced to flee their homes since the beginning of the conflict, and 345,000 civilians remain in frontline areas, while an estimated 749,000 others live in areas affected by the clashes, according to UNSMIL.