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Proxies battle over Tripoli

A wounded GNA fighter cries after some of his comrades were killed at Salah Al-Din front in July. Pic: Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images
A wounded GNA fighter cries after some of his comrades were killed at Salah Al-Din front in July. Pic: Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

There's a stalemate on the ground while each side's foreign supporters use high-tech weaponry to try to change the strategic balance

As the campaign of Benghazi-based strongman Khalifa Haftar to take Tripoli slows down, foreign powers are putting more and more resources into the fight, including armed drones and psychological warfare tactics in social and mass media. There's been a let-up in the overall level of casualties, but about 1,100 people, over 100 of them civilians, have been killed and around 120,000 people displaced, many of them to Tunisia.

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