missile strike in Tripoli’s Abu Selim neighbourhood rocked Libya’s capital on Monday (April 15) damaging a residential building as fighting between the eastern forces and the internationally recognised government continues for a second week.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack. Several apartments were damaged by the shelling, but no casualties were reported. Some residents suffered minor injuries, according to local residents.
Eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, a former general in Gaddafi’s army who later joined the revolt against him, moved his troops out of their eastern stronghold to overtake the oil-rich desert south earlier this year before sweeping up to Tripoli at the start of April.
But forces loyal to Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj’s internationally recognised government have so far kept them at bay, with fierce fighting round a disused former airport about 11 km (7 miles) from the centre.
A week of battles has killed 75 people – mainly fighters but also 17 civilians – and wounded another 323, according to latest U.N. tallies. Some 13,625 people have also been forced out of their homes.