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Libyas Air Force strikes Misrata

from BBC

 Libya’s air force has reportedly struck the western city of Misrata for the first time in the latest clash between government and militant forces.

A source in Misrata confirmed the strikes to the BBC, adding that there were no casualties or material damage.
The airstrikes come after a 72-hour ultimatum issued by the air force to the Misrata-based militants.

Militants had been attacking the oil ports of Sidra and Ras Lanuf in Eastern Libya.

The group was “still in high spirit, and the bombings will not affect our resolve,” the Misrata official told the BBC.

Libya has been plagued with instability and infighting since the toppling of Colonel Muamma Gaddafi in 2011, and violence has been steadily increasing in recent months.

An attack on a power plant in the Libyan city of Sirte on 25 December left at least 19 soldiers dead.

Libyan military sources said the Libya Dawn Movement, based in the country’s western region, was responsible for the attack.

 


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