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3 civilians killed in an air strike south of the Libyan capital

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Three civilians were killed Saturday in a raid in the town of al-Sawani, south of the Libyan capital, targeting a car they were traveling on on the highway, said Mustafa al-Majai, spokesman for the government of national reconciliation.

He said in a statement to AFP that “several airstrikes targeted different locations in Sawani, one of which caused the killing of three civilians traveling in a car on the road linking Sawani and Karimiya.”

“One of the raids hit a house in the same area.”

Al-Wefaq government spokesman accused the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter of being behind the air strikes.

Hifter’s forces have not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Wefaq government forces have repeatedly accused forces loyal to Haftar of being responsible for civilian deaths caused by targeting civilian sites in Tripoli and its suburbs.

Since April 4, Hifter’s forces have been pursuing an offensive to take control of Tripoli, where the UN-recognized Accord government is based.

The two sides have failed to make progress south of Tripoli where they maintain their positions, except for the return of the Wefaq government two months ago to the town of Gharyan, 90 kilometers south of the capital.

The fighting, which entered its fifth month, killed about 1093 people and injured 5,752, including civilians, while the number of displaced people approached 120 thousand people, according to UN agencies.

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