- Title: Tight security in Libya's Tripoli as fighting escalates
- Date: 27th December 2019
- Summary: TRIPOLI, LIBYA (DECEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MEMBERS OF LIBYAN GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL ACCORD (GNA) POLICE STANDING GUARD MARTYR SQUARE LIBYAN FLAG VARIOUS OF FAMILIES IN MARTYR SQUARE PIGEONS DRINKING WATER FROM BOWL VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING DOWN STREET CHILDREN JUMPING ON TRAMPOLINE
- Embargoed: 10th January 2020 18:59
- Keywords: GNA Haftar's Libyan National Army Libya Tripoli fighting security
- Location: TRIPOLI, LIBYA
- City: TRIPOLI, LIBYA
- Country: Libya
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,International/National Security
- Reuters ID: LVA001BBR26H3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Security forces on the streets of Tripoli were on high alert as fighting between Libya's conflicting forces escalated on Friday (December 27).
Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has been struggling to fend off General Khalifa Haftar's forces, which have been supported by Russia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan.
Haftar's Libyan National Army has been trying to take Tripoli since April from the GNA, which was set up in 2016 following a U.N.-brokered deal.
On Thursday, an air strike blamed by local officials on Haftar's forces hit a pharmacy in Zawiya town, killing two people.
Haftar's fighters have failed to reach the centre of Tripoli but have made small gains in recent weeks in some southern suburbs of the capital with the help of Russian and Sudanese fighters, as well as drones shipped by the UAE, diplomats say.
(Production: Ayman Sahely, Mostafa Salem)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
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