Haftar's Militia Kills 2 Girls in South Tripoli in an Artillery Attack

Published March 24th, 2020 - 06:50 GMT
Fighters of a military battalion loyal to Libyan General Khalifa Hafta patrol the streets in the eastern city of Benghazi during a state of emergency to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on March 21, 2020. Abdullah DOMA / AFP
Fighters of a military battalion loyal to Libyan General Khalifa Hafta patrol the streets in the eastern city of Benghazi during a state of emergency to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on March 21, 2020. Abdullah DOMA / AFP
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Forces loyal to renegade commander continue attacks despite previously welcoming ceasefire call by UN and EU

Forces affiliated with Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar killed two girls in an artillery attack in southern Tripoli, an official with the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said Tuesday.  

Mustafa al-Majei, spokesman for the GNA-led Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation, told an Anadolu Agency reporter that a house collapsed after the attack. 

Al-Majei said the bodies of two girls were recovered from the rubble.  

Six people have been killed and six others wounded after the militants’ “fake ceasefire declaration” in the past 48 hours, said Muhammed Kununu, the military spokesman for the GNA. 


On March 21, Ahmed al-Mismari, the spokesman for Haftar’s militias, announced his side welcomed a humanitarian ceasefire proposed by the UN and European countries due to the novel coronavirus. 

The militias, however, have continued their attacks. 

Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: Haftar in eastern Libya, supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the GNA in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international recognition. 

The GNA has been under attack by Haftar’s forces since last April, with more than 1,000 people killed in the violence. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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