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Libya's eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar salutes as he participates in General Security conference, in Benghazi, Libya. File photo/ Reuters
Rockets hit a luxury hotel in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, early on Friday in an attack the internationally recognised government blamed on eastern forces trying to capture the city.
The interior ministry published pictures of a damaged room at the Rixos hotel, where lawmakers opposing the offensive by troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar have been meeting.
No other information about the strike was immediately available.
Haftar’s Libyan National Army has been trying to take Tripoli since the beginning of April but it has been unable to breach southern defences.
Fighting has been concentrated in southern suburbs but the Rixos is much closer to the city centre, next to the former residence of Muammar Gaddafi, who was toppled in 2011.
An air strike late on Tuesday hit a detention centre for mainly African migrants in a suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing at least 40 people and wounding 80, a health official said.
Libya’s Coast Guard said late on Thursday it had picked up 493 migrants on six inflatable boats in six operations in a week in areas northeast and northwest of Tripoli, the capital.
The eastern Libyan National Army force (LNA) forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar confirmed a strike late on Sunday on the town, but denied they had targeted any civilians.
The US Africa Command said late Friday that the drone was lost a day earlier while assessing the security situation and monitoring extremist activity.
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