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Thousands flee Tripoli homes as battle rages on outskirts

The forces of renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar on Wednesday held positions at 7 miles from the center of Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Haftar is leading a push for Tripoli in an attempt to overthrow the internationally recognized Libyan government. According to the United Nations, the fighting between Haftar’s forces and troops loyal to the government has already displaced over 4,500 Tripoli residents.

The UN, the G7, the European Union (EU) and the United States are all calling for a ceasefire, but Haftar has so far ignored them. The ongoing conflict in the country is the second internal conflict since Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011.

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