Libya violence escalates as shelling hits civilians in Tripoli suburb


At least six people were killed and scores wounded when an artillery barrage hit a civilian area of Libya’s capital. Witnesses described a “noisy and bloody” night of shelling in Tripoli, where troops loyal to Feyaz al-Serraj’s UN-recognised Government of National Accord are trying to hold off an offensive by general Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army.

The violence was the worst of the two-week battle so far and came as diplomats in New York began negotiations on a British-drafted Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire.

Airstrikes, presumably carried out by the LNA, also hit frontline positions held by troops loyal to the GNA during a day and night of intense fighting. 

The worst damage on Tuesday night was in Tripoli’s Abu Salim suburb, about 4.5 miles south of the city centre, where a volley of grad rockets slammed into a civilian housing conference around 11 pm local time.

Malek Merset, a spokesman for the health ministry in Tripoli, said at least six civilians were killed and 26 people wounded in the attack.


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