Libyan government says rival general attacks base in south

2017-01-04 21:00


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Benghazi - Libya's UN- backed government says warplanes under the command of a rival general have attacked an air base under its control in the country's south.

In a statement late on Tuesday, the Tripoli-based government says "several" government-allied troops were wounded when an aircraft they were travelling in was struck in the attack by the eastern forces.

Libya fell into chaos following the 2011 ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

It remains divided between east and west, with no effective government and rival factions and militias.

Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter answers to Libya's parliament, based in the east.

Internal conflicts are escalating even as Islamic State militants have been driven out of the central coastal city of Sirte, which had been the extremist group's last bastion in the country.

Read more on:    moammar gaddafi  |  libya  |  north africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.