LNA vows to punish who assault its supporters in Tripoli

The Libyan National Army (LNA) threatened those involved in the arrest or assault of its supporters in Tripoli in a Saturday statement.

The LNA General Command said the supporters of the eastern army in Tripoli have been allegedly subject to violence and their properties sabotaged.

Since April 4, the LNA has launched an offensive against the Government of National Accord to seize the capital of Tripoli. The warring factions are involved in battles along the outskirts of the capital.

The two parties are exchanging accusations of assaulting each other’s supporters. Last Thursday, the Ministry of Health in the GNA condemned the alleged killing and torture of the government’s allied forces in the LNA captivity.

Since the overthrow and killing of longtime Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, the country has been divided between two governments, with the eastern part controlled by the LNA-backed Tobruk-based government, and the western part governed by the U.N.-backed GNA.

Fighting over the last four months has killed 1,093 people and wounded 5,752, according to the World Health Organization. Some 120,000 have been displaced over the same period.


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