Libya's UN-backed gov't forces shoot down aircraft of eastern-based army

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TRIPOLI, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Forces of the UN-backed Libyan government on Sunday announced shooting down three aircraft of the rival eastern-based army in south of Misurata city, some 200 km east of the capital Tripoli.

Mohamed Gonono, spokesman of the UN-backed government's forces, announced shooting down two Wing Loong planes and one MI 35 helicopter and killing its crew members near Abugrein town, some 140 km south of Misurata.

Gonono also said that warplanes of the UN-backed government's forces launched 12 airstrikes on the eastern-based army near Abugrein, killing a number of the army soldiers and capturing dozens others.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has documented at least 356 civilian deaths and 329 injuries since the outbreak of a conflict in April 2019 between the eastern-based army and the UN-backed government in and around Tripoli.

Since the beginning of the conflict, nearly 150,000 people in and around Tripoli have been forced to flee their homes, with 345,000 civilians remaining in frontline areas and some 749,000 living in conflict-affected areas, according to UNSMIL. Enditem

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