Libya's UN-backed gov't forces announce progress against eastern-based army in southern Tripoli

2019-11-05 03:31:18 GMT2019-11-05 11:31:18(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TRIPOLI, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- The UN-backed government forces of Libya on Monday announced making progress against the rival eastern-based army in south of the capital Tripoli, said a statement by the UN-backed government on its official Facebook page.

"Our forces attacked positions of the militias of the war criminal Haftar (eastern-based army) in Al-Nahar and Khallat Al-Farjan areas (southern Tripoli), causing heavy losses to them," Mohamed Gonono, spokesman of the UN-backed government forces, said in the statement.

The statement said that three soldiers of the eastern-based army have been captured and a military vehicle has been seized.

"The heavy artillery of the Anti-Terrorism Force accurately targeted vehicles of Haftar's forces in Wadi Al-Rabee (southern Tripoli)," the statement said.

On Sunday, Gonono announced capturing seven soldiers and destroying military vehicles of the eastern-based army in southern Tripoli.

The eastern-based army, led by Khalifa Haftar, has been leading a military campaign since early April to take over Tripoli and topple the UN-backed government.

The armed conflict has killed and injured thousands of people, and displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians away from their homes.

Libya has been plagued by insecurity and political division, ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Enditem