Drone strike on town in southern Libya kills at least 43

A drone air strike by eastern Libyan forces on the southern Libyan town of Murzuq has killed at least 43 people.

The attack is the second major air strike blamed on the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar after at least 44 migrants were killed in June, when a detention center in a suburb of the capital Tripoli was hit.

The LNA confirmed a strike late on Sunday on Murzuq, but denied it had targeted any civilians. The LNA had also denied it had hit the detention center but acknowledged increased air strikes on the capital as part of an offensive to seize Tripoli – home to the internationally recognized government – part of the chaos in the oil producer since 2011.

The Tripoli government opposing Haftar said dozens were killed and wounded in Murzuq.

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