Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 24 August 2019

Attack on Tripoli's Rixos hotel hosting Libyan officials' meetings

No reports of casualties or claim of responsibility for apparent rocket strike in besieged Libyan capital

Fighters loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord gesture during clashes south of the Tripoli. AFP
Fighters loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord gesture during clashes south of the Tripoli. AFP

A Tripoli hotel used for meetings by Libya's UN-backed government was damaged in an apparent rocket attack on Friday.

The Government of National Accord led by Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj blamed forces loyal to a rival administration for the early morning attack on the Rixos hotel.

There was no comment from the Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose troops have been trying to take Tripoli since the beginning of April.

The GNA's interior ministry published pictures of a damaged room at the Rixos. No other information about the strike was immediately available.

The LNA's advance on the capital has stalled in Tripoli's southern suburbs, where the fighting has been concentrated. The Rixos is much closer to the city centre, next to the late dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

Libya has descended into chaos since Qaddafi was toppled and killed in a Nato-backed uprising in 2011. The country has two rival administrations – one based in Tripoli and another in the east of the country that is affiliated with the LNA.

Updated: May 24, 2019 12:36 PM

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