Haftar forces announce air raid on Tripoli suburb

epa03672867 Libyan security forces stand outside the Judicial Police building, in Tripoli, Libya, 22 April 2013. EPA/SABRI ELMHEDWI

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Forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said Sunday they carried out their first air strike on a suburb of Tripoli, where loyalist fighters announced a counteroffensive to defend the capital.

The announcement of the air raid was made on the Facebook page of the media office”of Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) as fighting raged around 50 kilometres south of Tripoli.

Forces loyal to Haftar have pressed on with their assault since Thursday despite international calls to halt hostilities.

Forces loyal to Haftar on Saturday announced they had seized control of the main airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli, two days after Haftar ordered his forces to seize the seat of Libya’s UN-backed government. On Sunday there were reports of heavy fighting in the vicinity of the airport.

Haftar’s forces are claiming that they took full control of the Tripoli international airport and were working to secure the facility.

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