Fighters from forces of the UN-backed Libyan government are seen during clashes with Libyan National Army (LNA) troops at the Al-Yarmook frontline in Tripoli, Libya, on May 9.
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire

In pictures: Battle in Tripoli as death toll rises in Libya

Updated 5:46 AM ET, Fri May 10, 2019

Fighters from forces of the UN-backed Libyan government are seen during clashes with Libyan National Army (LNA) troops at the Al-Yarmook frontline in Tripoli, Libya, on May 9.
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire

A renegade Libyan military strongman has ordered troops to advance on capital city Tripoli, the base of the country's United Nations-backed government.

Eight years after the fall of strongman leader Moammar Gadhafi, the North African country is mired in violence and split into rival administrations. The administration of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, in eastern Libya, is often at odds with the Western-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.

Hundreds of people have been killed and more than 2,000 injured in clashes around the city this month, according to the World Health Organization.