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    Libya’s UN-backed government reclaims key town near Tripoli

    CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s United Nations (UN)-backed government said it has taken back a strategic town near Tripoli from a Libyan commander whose forces have been fighting for the past three months to capture the country’s capital.

    The Tripoli-based government released a statement late on Wednesday, saying their militias have retaken Gharyan and vowing to pursue its liberation campaign until the “aggressors are purged from all areas”.

    The self-styled Libyan National Army of commander Khalifa Hifter launched a push on Tripoli in April, claiming it seeks to free the city of radical militias.

    Gharyan, about 100 kilometres from Tripoli, was a key supply route for Hifter’s forces.

    Hifter’s offensive against Tripoli has been widely criticised. So far, hundreds have been killed, mainly combatants but also civilians, and thousands have been displaced.

    A vehicle and a structure are damaged following fighting in the region of Tajoura, east of the Libyan capital Tripoli. – AP

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