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18 Nov 2019 | 03:12 PM UTC

Libya: Airstrike leaves seven dead in Tripoli November 18

Libya News Alert

Airstrike hits Tripoli factory on November 18, killing at least seven; further attacks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/19/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli


At least seven people were killed and 35 others wounded on Monday, November 18, after an airstrike struck a factory in Tripoli. Officials with the Government of National Accord (GNA) claimed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which backs Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), was responsible for the attack. The UAE did not comment on the incident.

Further violence, including shelling and airstrikes, is possible in the coming weeks, especially in contested areas to the south of Tripoli.


The LNA launched an offensive into southern Tripoli on April 4. The advance halted 10-15 km (6-9 mi) south of central Tripoli within a week and frontlines have remained largely static since. Some have moved south, out of the city. The initial offensive also triggered several foreign missions and international organizations to temporarily withdraw or to otherwise consider their international footprint in Libya. Central Tripoli itself remains permissive and conducive to most international operations, provided professional security providers are engaged.


Individuals in Libya are advised to monitor the situation, avoid areas affected by fighting, maintain safe and current evacuation plans, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.


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