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Snatched selfies along Libya's frontline point to long war

Updated : 2019-05-10 11:47:50

Fighters allied to Libya's UN-backed government posted selfies from a barracks one day last month to mark their progress in a battle for Tripoli. Later that day, opposition troops belonging to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar did the same from the identical spot to show they had taken it back. Yarmouk camp, a barracks in southern Tripoli, has switched hands between the two sides at least five times since the beginning of April, according to online videos.

Government forces have held Yarmouk for at least a week now, but the situation is fluid. Its shifting fate underscores how Haftar's one month offensive on the capital city has been inconclusive and suggests that fighting could last for many months more.

A member of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces carries the RPG-7 during a fight with Eastern forces at al-Yarmouk south of Tripoli. REUTERS/Hani Amara/File Photo
A member of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces carries the RPG-7 during a fight with Eastern forces at al-Yarmouk south of Tripoli. REUTERS/Hani Amara/File Photo
A damaged building is seen during a fight between members of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces and Eastern forces in al-Yarmouk south of Tripoli. REUTERS/Hani Amara/File Photo
A damaged building is seen during a fight between members of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces and Eastern forces in al-Yarmouk south of Tripoli. REUTERS/Hani Amara/File Photo
Smoke rises during a fight between government forces and Eastern forces in Ain Zara, Tripoli. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
Smoke rises during a fight between government forces and Eastern forces in Ain Zara, Tripoli. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
Libyan government forces ride in a military vehicle during a fight with Eastern forces in Ain Zara. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
Libyan government forces ride in a military vehicle during a fight with Eastern forces in Ain Zara. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
Smoke rises during a fight between members of the government and Eastern forces in Ain Zara. REUTERS/Ayman al-Sahili
Smoke rises during a fight between members of the government and Eastern forces in Ain Zara. REUTERS/Ayman al-Sahili
Khalifa Haftar (C), the military commander who dominates eastern Libya, leaves after an international conference on Libya at the Elysee Palace in Paris. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo
Khalifa Haftar (C), the military commander who dominates eastern Libya, leaves after an international conference on Libya at the Elysee Palace in Paris. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo
Shell casings are seen on the ground during a fight between government forces and Eastern forces in al-Yarmouk south of Tripoli. REUTERS/Hani Amara/File Photo
Shell casings are seen on the ground during a fight between government forces and Eastern forces in al-Yarmouk south of Tripoli. REUTERS/Hani Amara/File Photo
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