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Major fighting erupts in Libya

Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army spokesman Ahmed Mismari said that the armed forces had taken full control of Tripoli international airport and had advanced into the capital’s southern outskirts.

The offensive by the LNA, which is allied to a parallel administration based in the main eastern city of Benghazi, intensifies a power struggle that has fractured the oil-producing country since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

The air strikes came as fresh fighting flared south of Tripoli between the pro-government forces and Haftar’s troops despite calls from the international community to halt the military offensive.

Several European foreign ministers warned Haftar not to countenance any further military action, with France’s Jean-Yves Le Drian warning there will be no military victory.

Meanwhile, the United Nations is scheduled to hold Libya’s national conference on possible elections from April 14 to April 16.

UN aims to reach agreement on a road map for elections to resolve the protracted instability in the country.

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