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Tripoli forces repel Haftar from Tripoli but he has Russia and US as allies

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 21, 2019
Forces backing the Libyan unity government repelled an offensive by troops from eastern leader Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar on Sunday as they approached the gates of Tripoli.
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar
Middle East   Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar
The airstrikes targeting forces from the internationally recognised government closed the capital's only functioning airport for several hours on Sunday.

Field Marshal Haftar ordered his Libyan National Army to take Tripoli from the Government of National Accord in an offensive he said is targeting militants and terrorists.

Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport reopened to flights after several hours, airport authorities said on Facebook.

Earlier Tripoli residents reported that explosions shook the capital late on Saturday following an airstrike.

The overnight bombardment was an escalation of a two-week offensive by eastern forces on the city held by the internationally recognised government.

On Thursday the US and Russia blocked a UN Security Council effort to call for a ceasefire in Libya.

Russia objected to the British draft resolution because it blamed the rebel officer for the fighting.

The White House statement said Trump “recognized Field Marshal Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system.”