Fighting Rages Near Libya Capital

Fighting Rages Near Libya Capital

CAIRO (AP) -- Libyan officials say fighting has raged over the past 24 hours between the country's U.N.-supported government and the self-styled Libyan National Army, which is pushing seize the capital, Tripoli.

The officials said Saturday the LNA launched airstrikes overnight against an air base at the Air Force Academy in the western city of Misrata. Those strikes come after armed groups allied with Tripoli claimed they launched an air attack a day earlier against the LNA's al-Jufra air base.

On Tripoli's southern outskirts, the officials said LNA forces have taken control of the al-Naqliyah military camp.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The LNA, led by commander Khalifa Hifter and based in the country's east, launched their offensive to take Tripoli in April.

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