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Libyan militias resist advance of pro-Haftar forces on Tripoli

On Friday, forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a military leader who is challenging the legitimacy of the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli, continued to close in on the capital. However, militias in western Libya have vowed to prevent the forces, known as the Libyan National Army, from capturing Tripoli.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is in Libya to promote peace talks, on Thursday expressed concern about “the risk of confrontation.” On Friday he is flying to the east of the country to meet Haftar and try to prevent the situation from escalating further. The ongoing civil war in the country is the second internal conflict since Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011

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