Libyan army announces targeting objectives of rival gov’t in Misurata

Libya’s east-based army on Tuesday announced targeting and destroying several military objectives belonging to the rival UN-backed government in the city of Misurata, some 200 km east of the capital Tripoli.

“A number of airstrikes were carried out by our air force that targeted air defense means, a military supply aircraft carrying ammunition, a drone, and multi-purpose missiles,” the army’s information office said in a statement.

The strikes were accurate and limited to the Misurata air base, the statement added.

Since early April, the government has been engaged in a deadly armed conflict against the army, which is trying to take over the capital Tripoli and overthrow the government.

The fighting so far has killed more than 1,000 people, injured more than 5,700 others, and forced more than 120,000 people to flee their homes, according to the World Health Organization.

The army is allied with the east-based government, as the north African nation is politically divided between eastern and western governments.

Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid insecurity and chaos ever since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.