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Witness: 3 killed as renewed clashes in southern Tripoli

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — At least three members of forces allied to Libya’s UN-backed government of national reconciliation were killed in an attack on Saturday aimed at pushing back forces in eastern Libya, led by Khalifa Haftar, a witness said.

The clashes between government forces and the Libyan National Army on Saturday morning ended a month-long lull.

The LNA launched a surprise attack on Tripoli in early April to try to take over the capital, where the UN-backed prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, and his government are based.

“Three fighters allied with the Wefaq government were killed from Misrata in Tripoli this morning,” Shahid, from the coastal city of Misrata, about 200 km east of Tripoli, told Reuters.

A military source in the Libyan National Army said it had repulsed the attack and maintained its positions.

He said five army personnel were wounded and neither side indicated any significant progress.

The Information Office of the Government of National Accord forces posted on its website a picture showing intense artillery shelling targeting the Libyan National Army in the areas of Wadi Al-Rabea, Triangle Al-Qiw and Al-Sabya in southern Tripoli.

OPEC member Libya has been in chaos since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011.

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