A man stands by his car as black smoke billows across the sky after a petrol depot was set ablaze during clashes between rival militias near Tripoli's international airport, Libya August 13, 2014. (AFP Photo)
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Libyan militiamen fired rockets into an affluent district of Tripoli early Tuesday, moving a battle with a rival armed faction closer to the centre of the capital after fighters on one side came under air attack.An air force controlled by renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar were responsible for strikes on Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli Monday, one of his commanders said, after weeks of fighting for the capital and its airport.The situation in Tripoli has been exacerbated by a separate showdown between Haftar's forces and Islamists in the eastern port city Benghazi.Neither the Zintan nor Misrata militia is believed to have warplanes, while the Libyan state's jet fighters were destroyed or damaged during the 2011 civil war in which NATO warplanes backed up the anti-Gadhafi uprising.
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