Libya health ministry: Airstrike in Tripoli kills 4 children

The Tripoli-based health ministry said the airstrike took place on Sunday in the al-Sawani neighborhood, about 30 kilometers, or 18 miles, from the city center.

2 December 2019 | 18:10

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 2 December 2019 | 18:10

Men ride through streets wrecked by fighting in Taiz, Yemen in this Feb. 4, 2018, photo. (AP Photo)

CAIRO: Libyan health authorities said an airstrike has hit a civilian area in a southern Tripoli neighborhood, killing at least four children.

The Libyan capital has been the scene of fighting since April between the self-styled Libyan National Army and an array of militants allied with the U.N.-supported but weak government which holds Tripoli.

The Tripoli-based health ministry said the airstrike took place on Sunday in the al-Sawani neighborhood, about 30 kilometers, or 18 miles, from the city center.

The ministry’s spokesman Malek Merset says the strike wounded a fifth child. The interior ministry blamed the Libyan National Army for the airstrike.

Fighting has stalled in recent weeks, with both sides dug in and shelling one another along Tripoli’s southern reaches. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in the fighting.

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