Violence rages in Libya as Turkey votes on deployment of troops

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Three civilians were killed on Wednesday in an air raid on a town south of Libya’s capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the United Nations-recognised government said.

The deadly violence comes just a day before the Turkish Parliament votes on Thursday to deploy troops to Tripoli following the request of the UN-backed government.

Several shops were badly damaged in the air raid.

On their Facebook page, forces loyal to the GNA published pictures of badly damaged buildings and vehicles, and accused pro-Haftar forces of carrying out the raid.

GNA forces said in a statement that they had captured 25 pro-Haftar fighters on Wednesday.

Earlier, the UN envoy to Libya accused Security Council members of violating an arms embargo.

Ghassan Salame also said that there are concerns about foreign fighters being flown into Libya, adding that the deal signed between Turkey and the Tripoli government represents an “escalation” of the conflict in the North African country.

Meanwhile, Turkish Vice President Foad Oktay said Turkish troops may not be deployed if Haftar and his troops, who have been trying to seize the capital since April, will halt their offensive.

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