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Fierce battles near Tripoli 

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Source: Middle East Monitor

According to witnesses and forces affiliated with the Government of National Accord (GNA), fighting renewed on Thursday between the two parties to the Libyan conflict in southern Tripoli, causing the death of a least one civilian, despite the UN Security Council’s adoption of a permanent ceasefire resolution on Wednesday.

The same sources said that flights were suspended at Maitika International Airport after being targeted with a missile. At the same time, battles erupted again in southern Tripoli between the GNA forces and military formations affiliated with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Witnesses heard the sound of a missile explosion in the agricultural plateau project, about 30 kilometres south of the centre of the Libyan capital.

Other rockets landed in residential neighbourhoods, killing one woman and wounding four other civilians, according to the GNA spokesman Amin Al-Hashemi.

Mustafa Al-Mujai, a spokesman to the GNA, confirmed to Agence France-Presse that clashes broke out again in the region mentioned above while accusing Haftar’s forces of violating the fragile truce announced on 12 January.

He said that “the Haftar forces tried to advance in the agricultural plateau area, but our forces repelled the attack.”

Despite the armistice, sporadic battles were recorded daily near Tripoli as weapons

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