Libyan pro-Govt Warplanes Launch Strikes near Tripoli

Libyan pro-government forces said they had targeted a weapons depot belonging to an Islamist-backed militia, as peace talks continued in Morocco and a UN special envoy met both sides late on Monday.

A militia spokesperson said however that the raid had hit a refugee camp, killing eight ci­vilians. Military spokesperson Colonel Ahmed al-Mesmari said “the air strike targeted a weap­ons storage facility belonging to Libya Dawn” in Tarhuna, about 80km southeast of Tripoli.

Libya Dawn is a militia alliance that includes Islamists and has installed a rival government and legislature in opposition to the country’s internationally recog­nised government.

A spokesperson for the group denied any of its weapons were in the area. “Eight Libyan civil­ians died in the strike. Sadly this is their strategy, to kill civilians and claim to the international community that they are after weapons,” he said, referring to the Western-backed government.

Mesmari said that, after the air raid, members of Libya Dawn attacked the house of a military officer and “killed his wife, his daughter, his son, his brother and other people who were there” in retaliation. The Islamist group denied the claim.

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