Wednesday 23 August 2017

Death toll in attack on Libya air base rises to 141

Libya has descended into civil war since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown
Libya has descended into civil war since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown

The death toll from a militia attack on a Libyan air base has increased to 141, including two civilians.

Colonel Ahmed Mosmary, a spokesman for forces loyal to an east-based parliament, said the number killed in Thursday's attack had increased from 60.

Mr Mosmary said the attack on Buraq al-Shati air base in southern Libya effectively ends the ceasefire brokered by the national unity government between militias and the forces commanded by army chief General Khalifa Hifter in the area.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 civil war that toppled and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The oil-rich nation is now split between rival governments and militias.

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