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Airstrike on Tripoli factory kills Libyans, foreign workers

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An airstrike slammed into a biscuit factory in the capital, Tripoli, on Monday killing at least seven workers including five foreign nationals and two Libyans, health authorities said.

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Tripoli has been the scene of fighting since April between the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, and an array of militias loosely allied with the U.N.-supported but weak government which holds the capital.

The Tripoli-based health ministry said the airstrike took place in the capitals Wadi el-Rabie neighborhood, the south of the city center where fighting has been raging for months.

Just returned from a biscuit factory in Wadi Rabi bombed this morning by an apparent UAE/LAAF drone. Field hospital staff say 7 workers killed, foreigners & Libyans.

Still-smouldering wrecks of a cement truck & car; numbered munition fragments; human remains (not posting). pic.twitter.com/2DCOVxIvtT

— Frederic Wehrey (@FWehrey) November 18, 2019

Malek Merset, a spokesman with the ministry, told The Associated Press that the dead included five workers from Bangladesh, and two Libyan nationals.

The airstrike also wounded at least 15 foreign workers, mostly from Niger and Bangladesh, who were taken to nearby hospitals for urgent treatment.

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