TRIPOLI Aug 18 Unidentified war planes flew
over the Libyan capital Tripoli early on Monday and explosions
could be heard, residents said.
A Libyan TV channel said planes targeted positions in
Tripoli where militias have been fighting for control for over
one month. Government officials could not be reached for comment
in the middle of the night.
Tripoli residents said they could hear several explosions
but said the cause was unclear. The city was quiet afterwards.
Militias from the city of Misrata and fighters allied to the
western town of Zintan on Sunday again traded gunfire in parts
of Tripoli, part of growing chaos in the oil producing nation
three years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.
None of the militias is believed to own war planes, while
the weak government has no functioning national army and almost
no control over Tripoli. Most officials work from Tobruk in the
far-east where the new parliament has set-up to escape the
(Reporting by Feras Bosalum, Heba al-Shibani and Ulf Laessing;
Editing by Michael Perry)