The Tripoli-based military prosecutor-general, affiliated to Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), issued on Thursday an arrest warrant for the Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander Khalifa Haftar for allegedly ordering deadly air strikes against civilian areas.
Six LNA leaders were also named in the warrant.
A spokesperson for the GNA said it was seeking an international arrest warrant against Haftar over”war crimes” and two UN experts were expected in Tripoli later on Thursday to investigate the origin of rocket fire that killed six people the previous day.
The arrest warrant came as fighting intensified in southwest Tripoli with heavy shelling and mortar fire.
On April 4, Benghazi-based LNA announced the launch of an offensive against Tripoli. So, all military units loyal to the Government of National Accord geared up to defend the capital. The warring factions are currently involved in battles along the outskirts of Tripoli.
The fighting has killed 205 people, including 18 civilians, and wounded 913 since the start of the campaign, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
The United Nations has been forced to postpone a carefully planned and potentially watershed national conference on Libya’s political future after the assault on Tripoli.