Libyan commander marching on Tripoli dismisses negotiations | Inquirer News

Libyan commander marching on Tripoli dismisses negotiations

/ 05:31 PM June 20, 2019

Libyan commander marching on Tripoli dismisses negotiations

A vehicle and structure is damaged from fighting in the region of Tajoura , east of the Libyan capital Tripoli on June 15, 2019.  AP

CAIRO — A Libyan commander whose forces are fighting to take the country’s capital of Tripoli from militias allied with a UN-backed government based there has dismissed an initiative by its prime minister for negotiations to end the crisis.

Khalifa Hifter also vowed to press his campaign and rid Tripoli of what he says are “terrorist militias.”


Hifter spoke on Tuesday to a local news website, He says “military operations will not stop” until Tripoli is taken.


In April, Hifter’s self-styled Liberation National Army that’s based in eastern Libya, launched the offensive. The campaign, criticized by the UN and aid agencies, has killed hundreds and displaced thousands of civilians.

It has also raised fears of another bout of violence after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. /ee

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