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Deadly air raid hits Libya militia on Tunisia border

An air strike hit a Libyan militia post on the border with Tunisia on Friday, killing one person and wounding several others, a militia spokesman said.



Tripoli: An air strike hit a Libyan militia post on the border with Tunisia on Friday, killing one person and wounding several others, a militia spokesman said.

The Libya Shield militia accused forces loyal to the internationally recognised government of carrying out the raid close to the Ras Jedir border crossing.

"One Libya Shield member was killed and between three and five were wounded," spokesman Hafedh Muammar told a news agency.

Libya Shield forms part of the Islamist-backed militia alliance which seized the capital and much of the west in August, forcing the internationally backed government to take refuge in the remote east.

Forces loyal to the government have carried out a spate of air strikes in western Libya in recent days.

On Thursday, they hit what they said was a militia position in the south of Tripoli.

But their militia rivals, who have set up their own administration in the capital, said the strike hit a poultry farm.

On Tuesday, air strikes on the coastal city of Zuara, between Tripoli and Ras Jedir, killed seven people, including five African migrant workers.

Forces loyal to prominent former general Khalifa Haftar, who is now allied with the internationally recognised government, control the Al-Woutia air base in western Libya.

Haftar`s forces have been battling Islamist militia in second city Benghazi since October. He has also vowed to end militia control of the capital within three months.

More than three years after dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed revolt, Libya is awash with weapons and powerful militias, and has rival parliaments as well as governments.

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