The Libyan army has denied reports of the imminent fall of the capital Tripoli in the hands of forces led by East Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar.

“The situation on the ground is still in our favor,” military spokesman Mohamed Qanunu told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

“Civilians, however, are suffering as a result of air bombardment by war criminal Haftar,” he said.

In early April, Haftar launched a wide-ranging campaign to capture Tripoli, where the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) is based.

Qanunu accused Haftar of using mercenaries from Africa and Russia in his attacks on Tripoli.

“Atrocities have

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