Airstrike kills 7 in south of Libya's Tripoli

2019-11-19 03:03:40 GMT2019-11-19 11:03:40(Beijing Time) Xinhua English
Photo taken on Nov. 18, 2019 shows destroyed vehicles hit by an airstrike outside a biscuit factory in south Tripoli, Libya. A total of seven people were killed on Monday by an airstrike that hit Al-Sunbulah biscuit factory in south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to the Health Ministry's field medical department. (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)  Photo taken on Nov. 18, 2019 shows destroyed vehicles hit by an airstrike outside a biscuit factory in south Tripoli, Libya. A total of seven people were killed on Monday by an airstrike that hit Al-Sunbulah biscuit factory in south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to the Health Ministry's field medical department. (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)

TRIPOLI, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- A total of seven people were killed on Monday by an airstrike that hit a factory in south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to the Health Ministry's field medical department.

"On Monday, Al-Sunbulah biscuit factory in Wadi Al-Rabie area was hit by an airstrike that killed seven people, among whom are two Libyans and five foreign workers," the department said in a statement.

The airstrike also injured 15 people and caused serious material damage, the statement said, adding that those injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The UN-backed government forces accused the rival eastern-based army of the airstrike, claiming that "Emirati drones supporting (the eastern-based army commander Khalifa) Haftar carried out the airstrike."

The eastern-based army has not comment on the airstrike so far.

The eastern-based army, led by Haftar, has been leading a military campaign in and around Tripoli, attempting to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.

The fighting claimed thousands of lives and injured many others, and also forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.

The eastern-based army is allied with the eastern-based government, as the North African nation is politically divided between eastern and western governments.

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