Libya violence escalates as shelling hits civilians in Tripoli suburb

A tank arrives at the Turkish military base in Doha Qatar

A tank arrives at the Turkish military base in Doha Qatar

Haftar's forces, which control swathes of the country's east, have defied global calls to halt their battle against fighters loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.

Eastern officials have already issued arrest warrants for Tripoli premier Fayez al-Serraj and other western officials as there is no sign of a political solution or even of a ceasefire.

France however denied the allegation and said it supported the internationally-backed Libyan government in Tripoli.

The situation in Libya escalated in early April after Haftar ordered the LNA to move on Tripoli.

A spokesman for the GNA said it was seeking an global arrest warrant against Haftar for "war crimes", as two United Nations experts were expected in Tripoli later Thursday to investigate the origin of rocket fire that killed six people the previous day.

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Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed reports from Tripoli.

Mortars crashed down on a suburb of Tripoli on Thursday, nearly hitting a clinic and adding to people's suffering after two weeks of an offensive by eastern troops on the Libyan capital, which is held by an internationally recognized government.

Haftar's Benghazi-based LNA has become bogged down in the southern suburbs of the capital.

The World Health Organization says the death toll from this month's fighting between rival Libyan factions for control of the country's capital, Tripoli, has risen to 205. Listen to the bombing. "The town residents condemn these attacks, which have caused material damage to public and private property", the LNA military information department said.

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