Libyan pro-government warplanes launch strikes near Tripoli

Members of the Libya Dawn, an alliance of Islamist-backed militias, stand by a crater on the ground following a reported air raid by Libyan pro-government forces in Tarhuna on March 23 2015Libyan pro-government forces have targeted a weapons depot belonging to an Islamist-backed militia, as peace talks continued in Morocco and a UN special envoy met both sides late Monday. Military spokesman Colonel Ahmed al-Mesmari said “the air strike targeted a weapons storage facility belonging to Libya Dawn” in Tarhuna, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Tripoli. Libya Dawn is a militia alliance that includes Islamists and has installed a rival government and legislature in opposition to the country’s internationally recognised government. Sadly this is their strategy, to kill civilians and claim to the international community that they are after weapons,” he said, referring to the Western-backed government.

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