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REBEL General Khalifa Haftar has given pro-government militias three days to withdraw from Libyan capital Tripoli — or see “unprecedented” violence descend on their home city.
The threat is aimed at the Misrata militias, groups which played a role in the revolt against Muammar Gadaffi in 2010 and are now defending the UN-recognised government, which only controls Tripoli and a few nearby areas.
Gen Haftar said that Misrata itself, situated around 115 miles from Tripoli, would be targeted “every day, non-stop and in an unprecedentedly intensive way” by his forces if they did not leave the capital, which he has been fighting to conquer for eight months.
His Libyan National Army launched air raids against sites where Turkish weapons and military equipment donated to the UN-recognised government had been cached, he said, in bombings that the Tripoli government’s Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj said caused heavy civilian casualties.
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