Forces loyal to Libya's unity government announced Saturday a counter-attack against military strongman Khalifa Haftar's fighters, as clashes south of the capital Tripoli intensified. Haftar launched an offensive on April 4 against the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), which is based in Tripoli, resulting in repeated fierce clashes on the southern edges of the capital. Haftar backs a rival administration to the GNA based in eastern Libya that refuses to recognise the authority of the Tripoli government.

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