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Libya Fighting Rages Near Tripoli in Push By Hifter’s Forces

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Cairo (AP) -- Just two days after rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter declared a “final" and decisive battle for the capital Tripoli, heavy fighting raged for a 24-hour period between his troops and militias loosely allied with the internationally backed government based in the city, officials said Saturday.

The fighting came after Hifter, the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, said Thursday that the “zero hour” of his battle for Tripoli had begun, nearly eight months after he began an offensive to take the city from the country's Government of National accord supported by the U.N.