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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Top lawmaker denies that Russia sent warplanes to Libya

May. 27, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian lawmaker on Wednesday strongly rejected the U.S. military's claim that Russia has deployed fighter jets to Libya to support east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. Viktor Bondarev, the former Russian air force chief who heads the defense committee in the...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

US military says Russia deployed fighter jets to Libya

May. 26, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. military Tuesday accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. Russia called the claim “disinformation." In a strongly worded statement, the U.S. Africa...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter looks on during his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's Hifter: Tripoli campaign to continue despite losses

May. 23, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The military commander of eastern Libya-based forces said Saturday that they will continue fighting forces loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government in Tripoli, even though his campaign has suffered setbacks in recent weeks. Khalifa Hifter, commander of the self-styled Libyan Arab...

UN-supported Libya gov't takes back Tripoli area from rivals

May. 22, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-supported government said its forces took back several districts on Friday in Tripoli’s southern reaches that had been captured by their rivals in a year-long offensive on the country's capital. The development dims the prospects for the eastern-based forces, under...

Libyan official: Tripoli forces seize another key town

May. 21, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied with Libya’s U.N.-supported government in Tripoli said on Thursday that they have wrestled another key town from their rivals who have been trying to capture the Libyan capital for over a year. The fall of the town of al-Asabaa, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of...

Sparse traffic due to coronavirus, moves past the United Nations headquarters Friday, May 15, 2020, New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

UN official warns of escalating Libyan war citing foreigners

May. 19, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. official in Libya warned Tuesday that the war in the North African country will “intensify, broaden and deepen” because of increasing foreign intervention and the influx of weapons, military equipment and mercenaries to both sides. Acting U.N. special envoy...

Official: Libya's Tripoli forces take key base from rivals

May. 18, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied with Libya's U.N.-supported government said Monday they have wrested control of a key military base on the outskirts of the country's capital from their rivals trying to capture Tripoli. The development is a heavy setback for the eastern-based forces under commander Khalifa...

Officials: Bombs kill 7 in shelter for displaced in Libya

May. 17, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Bombs hit a shelter for displaced people in Libya’s capital Tripoli, killing at least seven people including a 5-year-old child from Bangladesh, health authorities said Sunday. The shelling of the facility in the city's Furnaj district late Saturday also wounded at least 17 people,...

7 UN agencies urge Libya cease-fire to contain coronavius

May. 13, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Seven U.N. agencies called on Wednesday for a cease-fire in Libya to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus, saying the international community “must not turn a blind eye to the conflict” in the North African nation where 64 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. In a...

Libyan officials: Shelling at Tripoli's only working airport

May. 9, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Fighting between forces loyal to rival governments over Libya’s capital intensified Saturday with heavy artillery shelling hitting the sole functioning airport in Tripoli, setting jet fuel tanks ablaze and damaging passenger planes, authorities in west Libya and the U.N. said. The...