Libya PM accuses rival of 'betrayal' over attack on Tripoli

Libya PM accuses rival of 'betrayal' over attack on Tripoli

Forces allied to the Tripoli government, meanwhile, announced an operation called "Volcano of Anger" to defend the capital, a spokesperson said, without giving details.

An air strike on the southern part of Tripoli was confirmed by a witness who spoke to Reuters.

The LNA said it has reached the southern outskirts and has taken the disused worldwide airport, 24 kilometres from central Tripoli, but GNA military reportedly refuted this.

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government arrive in Tajura, a coastal suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on 6 April, 2019. The UN mission to Libya has called for a two-hour cease-fire on Sunday in parts of Tripoli to evacuate civilians and wounded people.

There is widespread concern that Hifter's military push will bring on another wave of violence and fighting in a country that has operated as a virtual failed state since the 2011 overthrow of longtime dictator Moamar Gadhafi.

Rivalries between the two camps threaten to plunge the country into a full-blown civil war after Haftar on Thursday launched an offensive on Tripoli.

Sunday´s LNA air raid came a day after forces backing the GNA launched air strikes on their rivals for the first time since the offensive began, with at least one targeting an LNA position south of Tripoli.

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In recent months, Hifter's self-described Libyan National Army has swept east and across southern Libya, taking control of areas often without encountering much resistance.

Still, American forces and diplomatic staff have continued to work in Libya with a special focus on helping the UN-backed government maintain its rickety grip on portions of the country. "I still hope it is possible to avoid a bloody confrontation in and around Tripoli", he said on Twitter.

"We will not allow the creation of a military state and we will continue to support Libya's democratic development". Resulting from years-long civil conflict, Libya has no single government now, with LNA backing the Tobruk-based parliament which governs the East of Libya, and the GNA which controls Libya's western parts from Tripoli, reports Sputnik.

There was no immediate statement from the United Nations -backed government, the militias that support it, or the United Nations. In a televised address, the president of the Tripoli-based government said he had been "stabbed in the back" by Hifter after having offered him certain trade-offs to pave the way for a peaceful reconciliation.

But UN envoy Ghassan Salame insisted on Saturday the April 14-16 conference would go ahead.

Both countries have provided support to Gen Haftar.

After more than two decades living in the United States, where he was rumoured to be working for the Central Intelligence Agency, in 2011 he returned home to take part in the uprising against Kadhafi.

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