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Two people killed in Tripoli shelling - media

At least two people were killed and eight more injured in shelling of Libya's capital Tripoli on Tuesday evening, Reuters reported citing Tripoli's emergencies services.

AFP earlier reported that shelling could be heard late on Tuesday in parts of Tripoli, and several powerful explosions were heard across the city. Thick smoke was seen rising in several parts of the city.

Currently, there are two governments in Libya: Tripoli's Government of National Accord led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and recognized by the international community and the interim Cabinet of Abdullah Al-Thani who is acting in the country's east together with the elected parliament and supported by the Libyan National Army of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

On April 4, Haftar announced the launch of an offensive on Tripoli. Meanwhile, Sarraj ordered all military units subordinate to him to brace for a defensive operation.

On April 16, the World Health Organization said that at least 174 people were killed and another 756 injured in Tripoli.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 17Apr19]

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