Libya's east-based army says repels gov't attack in southern Tripoli

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-07 05:39:23|Editor: huaxia

TRIPOLI, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Spokesman of the east-based army of Libya Ahmad al-Mismari said on Monday that the army repelled an attack of the UN-backed government's forces in the south of the capital Tripoli, killing 15 troops of them.

"Armed Forces Units managed to repel an attack of the terrorist militias (UN-backed government's forces) supported by Syrian mercenaries and Turkish military vehicles in Ain Zara (southern Tripoli)," the spokesman said in a statement on his official Facebook page.

On Sunday, the east-based army announced killing of 41 troops of the rival UN-backed government in southern Tripoli.

Since April 2019, the east-based army has been leading a military campaign in and around Tripoli in an attempt to take over the city and topple the rival UN-backed government.

According to the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), at least 356 civilians were killed and 329 other were injured since the outbreak of the armed conflict.

The armed conflict also displaced nearly 150,000 people from their homes, and 345,000 civilians remain in frontline areas, while an estimated 749,000 others live in areas affected by the clashes, according to UNSMIL.

Despite recent announcements of both parties to the conflict of accepting international calls for cease-fire to allow authorities to fight the COVID-19, the fighting and targeting of civilians in Tripoli continues.