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Libya death toll rises, Islamist militants exploit chaos

As the battle for Tripoli between the internationally recognized Libyan government and forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar continues, militants loyal to Islamic State on Tuesday took advantage of the chaos by killing 3 people in an attack on a town controlled by Haftar’s forces.

According to the United Nations (UN), at least 47 people have been killed in the recent fighting. The UN, the G7, the European Union (EU) and the United States are all calling for a ceasefire, but Haftar has so far continued his push for the Libyan capital. 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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