‘Volcano of Rage’: UN-backed Libyan government launches counteroffensive against Haftar’s army

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The Indian foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, said the country's 15 Central Reserve Police Force peacekeepers were evacuated Saturday from Tripoli because the "situation in Libya has suddenly worsened" and fighting has moved into the capital city.

Waldhauser did not discuss where the USA forces have been relocated.

The United States said Sunday it has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground", as a Libyan military commander's forces advanced toward the capital, Tripoli, clashing with rival militias.

A torn country: Libya has been without a stable government since a NATO-backed uprising ousted and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

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A member of Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by Khalifa Haftar, is seen as he heads out of Benghazi to reinforce the troops advancing to Tripoli, in Benghazi, Libya April 7, 2019.

Hafter's media office said in a post online that they took full control of the Tripoli global airport and were working to secure the facility.

It said at least 55 fighters and a civilian were wounded. "CRPF contingent is deployed as the Peace keeping force in Tripoli".

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Libya crisis: General Haftar tells forces to take capital

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during his visit to Ain Zara Detention center in Tripoli, Libya.

The LNA meanwhile announced it had carried out its first air raid on a Tripoli suburb, despite calls by the worldwide community to halt hostilities.

Libyan forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA), Libya's internationally recognised government, guard from a position south of Tripoli. "But we are determined to hold it on time unless compelling circumstances force us not to". A spokesman for the LNA earlier said that the Tobruk-based forces will shoot down any aircraft flying in the Tripoli area.

A Hifter spokesman said that at least 14 of the general's fighters have been killed.

The UN Security Council expressed concern on Friday about military activity near Libya's capital Tripoli, warning that it threatens the country's stability, and called on Haftar's LNA troops to halt all military movements. Dozens of militias have poured into Tripoli from cities such as Misurata and Zintan to join forces with pro-government militias to fend off Hifter.

In the past, Haftar has struck deals with armed factions outside Tripoli to advance his forces.

The country's oil installations should not be used by any group for political gain, it said.

A field marshal who served under Kadhafi and now backs an administration in eastern Libya opposed to the GNA, Haftar was counting on a swift battle to capture Tripoli but some experts say he miscalculated.

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