Libyan Strongman Tightens Grip on Tripoli

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces are battling for control of an area some 30 kilometers south of the capital near Tripoli's international airport, which was destroyed in 2014.

Fighters from a Misrata armed group loyal to the internationally recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) are ready at the frontline as battles against the forces of the Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar continue on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli.

UN chief Antonio Guterres appealed for an immediate halt to fighting in Libya after Haftar's forces claimed an airstrike on Tripoli's only functioning airport.

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Fighters from a Misrata armed group loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan GNA prepare their ammunition before heading to the frontline as battles against Forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar continue on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Fighters from a Misrata armed group loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan GNA prepare their ammunition before heading to the frontline as battles against Forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar continue on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Fighters from a Misrata armed group loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan GNA prepare their ammunition before heading to the frontline as battles against Forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar continue on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Fighters from a Misrata armed group loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan GNA prepare their ammunition before heading to the frontline as battles against Forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar continue on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Buildings, heavily damaged from previous clashes, are pictured in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on April 8, 2019. Abdullah DOMA / AFP

Buildings, heavily damaged from previous clashes, are pictured in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on April 8, 2019. Abdullah DOMA / AFP

Forces loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) are pictured at the entrance gate leading to Tripoli's old airport on April 8, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Forces loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) are pictured at the entrance gate leading to Tripoli's old airport on April 8, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) mans a turret mounted on the back of a pickup truck during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) mans a turret mounted on the back of a pickup truck during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) hold rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers as they stand behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) hold rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers as they stand behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) aims a machine gun while taking during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) aims a machine gun while taking during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Fighters from a Misrata armed group loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan GNA prepare their ammunition before heading to the frontline as battles against Forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar continue on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Fighters from a Misrata armed group loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan GNA prepare their ammunition before heading to the frontline as battles against Forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar continue on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Fighters from a Misrata armed group loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan GNA prepare their ammunition before heading to the frontline as battles against Forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar continue on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Fighters from a Misrata armed group loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan GNA prepare their ammunition before heading to the frontline as battles against Forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar continue on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Buildings, heavily damaged from previous clashes, are pictured in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on April 8, 2019. Abdullah DOMA / AFP
Buildings, heavily damaged from previous clashes, are pictured in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on April 8, 2019. Abdullah DOMA / AFP
Forces loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) are pictured at the entrance gate leading to Tripoli's old airport on April 8, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Forces loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) are pictured at the entrance gate leading to Tripoli's old airport on April 8, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) mans a turret mounted on the back of a pickup truck during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) mans a turret mounted on the back of a pickup truck during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) hold rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers as they stand behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) hold rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers as they stand behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) aims a machine gun while taking during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP
A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) aims a machine gun while taking during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Mahmud TURKIA / AFP