The spokesman of the UN-backed Libyan government on Thursday said that the government’s forces killed 10 soldiers of the rival eastern-based army in south of the capital Tripoli, as the deadly armed conflict between the two rivals continues.
“Our brave forces managed to foil an attempt by the invading militias (eastern-based army) to infiltrate in Ain Zara (southern Tripoli). 10 members of the invading gangs were killed and a number of mercenaries were captured,” spokesman Mohamed Gonono said in a statement.
The eastern-based army has been leading a military campaign since April 2019 in and around the capital Tripoli, attempting to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.
The fighting killed and injured thousands of people and forced more than 150,000 civilians to flee their homes. The rivals have agreed to cease-fire on January 12. However, both parties exchanged accusations of breaching the truce.