Eastern Libyan forces on Monday mounted an air strike on the central city of Sirte held by the internationally recognised government, an official and residents said, widening a conflict engulfing the capital Tripoli.
Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) force has been trying since April to take Tripoli, which is held by the internationally recognised government, with a ground campaign supported by air strikes.
The Sirte strike hit a building near a feedstock plant where the a local force securing Sirte is based, which an LNA official said had been targeted.
The Tripoli-based government also said that drones operated by the United Arab Emirates had carried out strikes against the positions of a force allied to it.
Mitiga airport, the only working airport in Tripoli, was also targeted in the early hours of Monday. It has been closed for two weeks due to continued air strikes.