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More than 140 killed in attack on LNA base in Libya

20 May 2017

It was originally thought 60 people died when a government-allied militia tried to take over the Brak al-Shati base on Thursday. He is widely reported to have played a role in plotting past military operations against the LNA, though his ministry denied ordering Thursday's attack.

The Third Force of the Government of National Accord's Defence Ministry announced earlier today capturing control of the Brak Al-Shati airbase in southern Libya.

LNA, headed by General Khalifa Haftar, does not recognize the authority of the GNA and is linked to the rival House of Representatives (HoR), the country's elected legislature, which operates from the city of Tobruk on Libya's eastern Mediterranean coast. "They weren't armed. majority were executed", the LNA member said.

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Among those caught in the melee were also "innocent civilians", Al-Mimari said, who lived nearby or were employed at the base.

The UN's Libya envoy, Martin Kobler, described the attack as unprovoked, saying, "I am outraged by reports of significant numbers of fatalities, including civilians and by reports that summary executions may have taken place".

The air base was reportedly being used by Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) and fighters of Third Force militia loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli launched a massive attack on it on Friday.

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"I am outraged by reports of significant numbers of fatalities, including civilians and by reports that summary executions may have taken place", United Nations envoy Martin Kobler said in a statement.

That attack was called off after a reconciliation meeting between Field Marshal Haftar and unity government head Fayez Al Sarraj in Abu Dhabi on May 2.

He condemned the escalation at Brak Al-Shati "in the strongest terms" and called for an immediate ceasefire.

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On Friday, a auto bomb south of Benghazi killed a prominent LNA-loyalist, along with five other people including a child.

More than 140 killed in attack on LNA base in Libya