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Haftar bombards Tripoli, pushing total number of dead to 300

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Analysis. As Haftar intensifies his offensive in Tripoli, the United Nations has refrained from denouncing the fighting, a tacit acceptance of it.

written by Rachele Gonnelli

Topic Middle East and North Africa

May 1, 2019

Two images stuck out Monday on social media and on the websites aligned with each of the two sides that are currently clashing in Tripoli.

The first image, which cropped up on the social media accounts of the militias supporting Prime Minister Serraj, featured Salah Badi—a military leader who fought Haftar’s troops back in 2014, but who is also listed by the US as a war criminal for the “indiscriminate” massacre of civilians. Badi, with a few white hairs and an imposing physique, was shown in images and videos as he visited the young militia members on the front lines to give guidance and strengthen their resolve.

The second image was one promoted by the other side: it showed General Haftar with a serene smile as he shook hands with Jadallah al Awakli, the spokesman of the NOC, the Libyan state oil company, after making sure that all the energy infrastructure of the country was secure under the protection of his........

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