Snatched selfies along Libya's frontline point to long war
Updated : May 10, 2019 11:47 AM IST
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.