Libyan government fears Haftar is planning another push on Tripoli

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The government of national accord said on its Facebook page that it was “concerned about reports, confirmed by the UN and the media, of preparations for further military escalation.”

FILE: Libyan General Khalifa Haftar. Photo: AFP.

TRIPOLI – The UN-recognized Libyan government said on Saturday it feared forces led by strongman Khalifa Haftar were preparing a further “military escalation” in their months-long campaign to take Tripoli.

Deadly fighting has rocked the outskirts of the capital since Haftar’s so-called Libyan National Army launched an offensive on April 4 to take the city from the government of national accord.

The Government of National Accord (GNA) said on its Facebook page that it was “concerned about reports, confirmed by the UN and the media, about preparations for further military escalation.”

The United Nations mission in Libya said in a tweet on Saturday that it was “doing everything possible with all local and foreign actors to avoid military escalation and ensure the protection of civilians.”

Videos posted on social media in recent days, some by a pro-Haftar TV channel, show columns of LNA military vehicles en route south of the capital. The images could not be independently verified.

Haftar’s campaign to fight Tripoli against pro-GNA forces has left nearly 1,093 dead, including 106 civilians, and more than 5,750 injured, according to the United Nations World Health Organization.

The fighting has also forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes.


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