The Libyan Army Sunday targeted the transport of Janjaweed militia affiliated to warlord Khalifa Haftar as they were preparing an attack south of the capital Tripoli.

The airstrikes hit a bus carrying Sudanese mercenaries to Libya that would fight for Haftar in the Al-Qaryah region 400 kilometers (248 miles) south of Tripoli, said a statement by the press center of the Libyan Army-led Operation Rage of Volcano.

Janjaweed militia is accused of genocide in the civil war in Darfur, Sudan.

The Libyan Army recently made gains against Haftar’s militias, which are supported by France, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.

Following the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya’s government was founded in 2015 under a UN-led political deal. Since April 2019, the government has been under attack by Haftar’s forces, based in eastern Libya, and more than 1,000 people have been killed in the violence.

*Writing by Dilara Hamit

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