Massive bombardment hits the Libyan capital

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A compound in the center of the Libyan capital where opposition lawmakers met Khalifa Haftar on Friday for shelling caused material damage without recording casualties, while the authorities of the government of national reconciliation accused Hafar forces targeting the headquarters.

The complex has a hotel and conference center and was the seat of the first Libyan parliament elected in 2012 after the overthrow of the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Since May 1, 42 anti-Hafter MPs have been meeting and rejecting his military campaign to control the capital.

They are boycotted by the parliament, which was elected in 2014. It already has 188 deputies based in the eastern city of Tobruk after it was forced to move to it after a coalition of militias took control of the Libyan capital.

The compound was severely damaged in the front of its main hall and the glass of one of its entrances was broken and some parts of its roof fell, AFP correspondents said.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the condemnation and condemnation of targeting the headquarters of the parliament in the hotel by the invading forces and the aggressor,” said Sadiq al-Kahili, the interim head of parliament in Tripoli.

“I consider this escalation to be serious,” he added, adding that it was a “war crime”.

MPs who moved to Tripoli on May 5 elected al-Sadiq al-Kahili as interim speaker of parliament for 45 days.

Also, the Interior Ministry in the government of Al-Wefaq condemned in a statement on Facebook “the bombing of the headquarters of the House of Representatives in Tripoli by the fighter jets Haftar.”

“These criminal acts are a miserable attempt by these invading forces as a result of the defeats they are being subjected to,” she said.

On April 4, al-Masir Khalifa Haftar, the strong man in eastern Libya, launched a large-scale offensive to control Tripoli.

The fighting killed 510 people and injured 2,467, according to the WHO office in Libya.

Some 75,000 people have been displaced from the conflict, UN special envoy Ghassan Salama told Libya before the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

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