Libya: Unidentified planes bomb sites in Tripoli

Posted on August 20, 2014

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Unidentified aircraft flew over yesterday before dawn, Tripoli where loud explosions were heard, said residents of the Libyan capital, the scene of armed clashes between rival militias.

PUBLISHED ON: 19-08-2014

Unidentified aircraft flew over yesterday before dawn, Tripoli where loud explosions were heard, said residents of the Libyan capital, the scene of armed clashes between rival militias.

The first overflight took place yesterday around 2:00 local time, according to a resident a loud explosion was heard, but it is possible to identify the aircraft, or the place of the explosion, which was followed by d other. “The explosions were clearly heard in the neighborhoods east of Tripoli”, some 15 km from the center of the town, said the resident told AFP. The local TV channel “Libya awalan” close to the dissident General Khalifa Haftar, said that “warplanes attacked different positions” near Tripoli, without elaborating. General Haftar led an operation against “terrorist groups”, which are the law in Benghazi (east), since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
No details have been given an official source on the overflights involved, while Zintan militia (west), nationalists who would favor the general Haftar, and militias from Misrata (east of Tripoli) close to the Islamists, are fighting for control of a bridge, a lock from the airport, located in the south of Tripoli in the hands now of Zintan militia.
The clashes abated Sunday, militiamen from Misrata who said they took control of the bridge and army headquarters, an impossible to independently confirm information source. Libya is plagued by deadly fighting between rival militias since mid-July, pushing the Parliament elected on June 25, Wednesday to ask for foreign intervention to protect civilians.
Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the transitional authorities have failed to restore order and security in this country.

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