20:53 GMT25 September 2020
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    CAIRO (Sputnik) - Libyans in the national capital of Tripoli go about their normal lives regardless of battles on the city’s outskirts, witnesses told Sputnik.

    Stores are open in the city center and trade continues. Many people go to work. Clashes between the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and the Government of National Accord occasionally flare up dozens of kilometers away from the city, to the southeast from the Yarmouk military camp.

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    Roads in Tripoli are open to traffic. Checkpoints are a rare sight and many of them remain unmanned. After days of living in fear of airstrikes on the capital, its residents have returned to normal life.

    There is hardly any military presence in the streets. Many people ignored the Government of National Accord’s mobilization call and stayed at home. Some decided to tend to matters at hand after heavy rainfall flooded homes in the capital’s north.

    ​Khalifa Haftar ordered his Libyan National Army to advance on Tripoli to "free it from terrorists" on Thursday. His troops reportedly seized the cities of Surman and Garyan to the west and south of the capital. The forces loyal to the Government of National Accord announced a counteroffensive on Sunday, dubbed Volcano of Rage, to repel the National Army.

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    Libya has been gripped by political turmoil since its leader, Muammar Gaddafi, was deposed and killed in 2011. The country is split between two rival administrations, with an elected parliament governing the east and the UN- and EU-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj ruling the territories west from Tripoli.

    The administration in the east is supported by Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which has long been fighting against Islamist militants. The United Nations has proposed a general vote in Libya this spring to elect legitimate and nationally-recognized authorities.


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