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Battle for Tripoli: Clashes continue across Libya's capital

Battle for Tripoli: Clashes continue across Libya's capital

United Nations special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame condemned the attack on Tripoli's only functioning airport, saying the United Nations was "deeply concerned for the welfare of the civilian population in the ongoing violence".

The United Nations has evacuated 150 refugees from a detention centre in Tripoli, as fierce clashes for control of the Libyan capital led to the postponement of a peace conference planned for next week.

The internationally recognized government carried out several air raids against LNA positions south of Tripoli, and also hit supply lines in central Libya, GNA spokesman Col. Mohamed Gnounou said Tuesday. The UN chief urged an immediate halt of all military operations to de-escalate the situation and prevent an all-out conflict.

An aircraft of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) is striking military positions at Tripoli's defunct global airport, south of the capital, Sky News Arabia reports.

Far south of Tripoli, the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for attacking the town of Fuqaha, where residents said three people were killed and another kidnapped.

Libya is now split by two rival factions, with one supporting Haftar in the east, and another based in Tripoli in the west including a UN-backed government.

This newsroom's sources emphasised that despite "tight resources", the national hospital would still be prepared to cater to the potential increase in patients, with arrivals from Libya expected to take place.

The oil-rich northern African country has been rocked by violent power struggles between an array of armed groups since the NATO-backed overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.

Russian Federation on April 8 called for calm on all sides.

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The airport is also the base for a powerful militia, loosely under the control of the government's ministry of interior, says the BBC's North Africa correspondent, Rana Jawad.

Moscow is a key supporter of Haftar, along with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Forces backing the Tripoli-based GNA on Sunday announced a counteroffensive dubbed "Volcano of Anger".

Haftar's forces have said 14 of their fighters have died.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report on Monday that, since 4 April, 2,800 people had been displaced due to the clashes in the south of the capital Tripoli, adding that many civilians have been trapped and have not been able to access emergency services.

Haftar launched the offensive on Tripoli last week just as Guterres was in Libya to push for a political deal on holding elections.

Salame insisted the conference will still be held when the conditions in Libya were right.

Also Monday, U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame said he met with Fayez Sarraj, head of the government in Tripoli, to discuss how the U.N. mission "can assist at this critical and hard juncture".