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Army strongman vows to seize control of western Libya

Libya's powerful army commander Khalifa Hifter has vowed to seize control of the western section of the country, including the capital, Tripoli.

Mr Hifter, the commander of the self-styled Libya National Army, said his forces are in control of most of Libya.

"All that's left is 30,000 square metres," he told a gathering of LNA commanders in Benghazi last week.

He said that his forces are taking over cities in the far western edge of the country, including Sabratha where militias have been fighting each other over the past weeks.

Mr Hifter's comments come as Libya's UN mission is working on amending the country's peace agreement to break the country's political stalemate.

On Monday, Unsmil said representatives from different factions were meeting in Tunisia to finalise amendments to the deal.


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