Libyan east-based army says shooting down gov't warplane

Li Jiayao
2019-06-14 11:01:00

TRIPOLI, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Libya's east-based army on Thursday announced that it shot down a fighter jet of the UN-backed government in the city of Misurata, some 200 km east of the capital Tripoli.

"A fighter jet of the Unity Government has been shot down and its pilot was killed in Dafnia area in Misurata after it was attacked by our forces," the army's information office said in a statement.

This is the fourth time the army announced downing a government warplane since the army, led by Khalifa Haftar, launched a military campaign in early April to take over Tripoli, where the government is based.

According to the World Health Organization, the fighting so far killed 653 and injured 3,547 others.

The politically divided country has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid insecurity and chaos since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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