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Forces loyal to the unity government began a counter-attack over the weekend in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, pushing into the southern parts of town, and trying to push out the forces of Khalifa Hafter, who has been invading the area.

Explosions were reported in
one of the suburbs of southern Tripoli, and locals speculated that
airstrikes were responsible. This is the area through which Hafter’s
forces are trying to enter the capital.

At least 15,
and potentially as many as 22 people were killed in fighting over the
weekend, as the two sides picked up the pace. While the weekend changed
which side was on the offensive, it isn’t clear that any territory of
substance changed hands so far.

Hafter is trying to take the capital in his latest attempt to gain power
in Libya, something which has involved several coup attempts. President
Trump spoke with Hafter last week, and the US appears to be
increasingly positive about his role in this fight.

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[1]Anti-Haftar forces near Libya capital launch counter-attack .... https://www.france24.com/en/20190420-anti-haftar-forces-near-libya-capital-launch-counter-attack[2]Explosions in Tripoli suburb after air raid, death toll rises | Libya News | Al Jazeera .... https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/explosions-tripoli-suburb-air-strike-death-toll-rises-190421090926733.html[3]UN says 220 killed in two days of fighting over Libya's capital | The Times of Israel .... https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-says-220-killed-in-two-days-of-fighting-over-libyas-capital/[4]Fighting Surges Near Libyan Capital as Anti-Hafter Forces Counter-Attack - News From Antiwar.com .... https://news.antiwar.com/2019/04/21/fighting-surges-near-libyan-capital-as-anti-hafter-forces-counter-attack/