Ahmed Hadia, spokesman for the Misrata Central Shield Brigade, (L), speaks during a press conference in Tripoli on August 17, 2014 as new clashes raged on Friday and Saturday forcing hundreds of people to flee. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER
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Renegade General Khalifa Haftar's air force was responsible for strikes on Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli Monday, one of his commanders said, after weeks of fighting for the capital in Libya's worst violence since Moammar Gadhafi was toppled in 2011 .Fighters from Misrata – east of Tripoli – have been battling militia from the western Zintan region for weeks and have thrown the North African state into anarchy. None of the militias had been thought to own warplanes, while the central government has only an outdated air force badly in need of repair.Libyan television news channels speculated that the country's neighbors might be behind the overnight airstrikes, which Tripoli official Mohammad al-Kriwi said had killed about five people and wounded as many as 30 .The Tripoli government said it did not know to whom the warplanes belonged.
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