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Libya firebrand general’s forces hit ‘air college’ in Misrata: Report

Fighters from a Misrata armed group loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) prepare their ammunition before heading to the frontline as battles against forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar continue on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Forces of the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) loyal to Khalifa Haftar struck Misrata's air college early on Tuesday, a military source and resident said.

Misrata is a coastal city that lies to the west of the capital Tripoli and is regarded the main base of the Western Libya forces loyal to the UN-recognized Government of National Accord.

Early reports said the target of the attack was a Turkish drone base. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan previously announced that his country supplies the Government of National Accord with weapons under a military cooperation agreement. In response, Haftar vowed to retaliate by targeting Turkish forces. 

A Misrata resident said "massive explosions were heard across the city."

A drone air strike on Monday by Haftar's forces on the southern Libyan town of Murzuq has killed at least 43 people, a local official said.

(Source: Reuters)

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