Libya unity govt says ‘UAE drone’ downed, rocket kills 3 children Jan 29, 2020 0 1050 12345 AFPTripoliLibyan unity government forces said on Tuesday they had downed an Emirati-supplied drone used by eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar’s forces in the country’s west, as three schoolchildren were reported killed in a Tripoli rocket attack.The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) said its “anti-aircraft defences” downed the drone east of Misrata, Libya’s third largest city.The health ministry later said three children, aged between nine and 12, were killed in a rocket blast on a road near a school in the Hadhba al-Badri district of southern Tripoli.GNA loyalists accused Haftar’s forces, engaged in a months-long offensive to seize the capital, of carrying out that attack. The unity government’s forces on Tuesday posted images on Facebook showing what appeared to be the charred remains of a Chinese-made Wing Loong drone. The downing of the drone came days after the UN slammed “continued blatant violations” of a 2011 arms embargo -- despite world leaders committing in mid-January to upholding the blockade.Experts say Haftar has procured a number of the aircraft from the United Arab Emirates, his main backer.Haftar, who controls much of eastern and southern Libya, launched an offensive in April to seize the capital Tripoli, on the northwestern coast, from the GNA. His advance stalled on the edges of the capital, but in early January he captured the strategic coastal city of Sirte.On Sunday, his forces clashed with those of the GNA in the Abu Grein region, on the road west from Sirte towards Tripoli and Misrata -- the hometown of many of the forces backing the GNA. RELATED ARTICLES Syria regime forces recapture most of key rebel-held town Jan 29, 2020 0 109 Trump unveils Middle East plan amid strong rejections by Palestinians Jan 29, 2020 0 143 US Middle East plan belongs in ‘trash bin of history’: Abbas Jan 29, 2020 0 158 Militia clashes kill 50 in Central African town of Bria Bangui: Clashes between rival armed groups in Bria, a strategic town in eastern Central African Republic, have left dozens dead, a senior official said on Tuesday. More than two-thirds of the former French colony lies in .. Burkina Faso village rocked by new militant massacre OuagadougoU: At least 10 men have been killed in a jihadist massacre at a village in Burkina Faso, which is in the grip of a years-long Islamist insurgency, security and local sources told AFP on Tuesday. “We are talking of .. Two crew killed in Algeria fighter jet crash on a night training Algiers: An Algerian fighter jet has crashed on a night training exercise in the east of the North African country killing both of its crew, the defence ministry said on Tuesday. An investigation has been opened into why .. Turkey vows to retaliate if army posts in Idlib threatened Istanbul: Turkey warned on Tuesday it will retaliate “in self-defence” if any of its army posts in northwest Syria are threatened amid increasing attacks by regime forces on the country’s last major opposition bastion. .. Renewed violence against Iraq protesters as TV station suspended AFP Baghdad Two Iraqis were killed and dozens wounded in protest-related violence on Tuesday, as authorities suspended a television station which has broadcast intensive coverage of the months-long movement .. Trump’s M-E plan ‘hostile deal’, says Hamas chief Gaza City: Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas leader, slams the Middle East plan presented by US President Donald Trump as “nonsense” and calls it a “hostile deal” for the Palestinian people. “The Palestinians will exert .. Senegal pushes for AU role in tackling Libya confict Dakar: Senegalese President Macky Sall on Tuesday said the African Union should be part of efforts to resolve the Libyan conflict as he warned that arms from the North African country could flood into the war-torn Sahel. .. Iran slams Trump’s peace plan as ‘treason of century’ Tehran: Iran said on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan was the “treason of the century” and bound to fail. “The shameful peace plan imposed by America on the Palestinians is the .. Turkey says Trump’s M-E peace plan a ‘stillborn’ Istanbul: Turkey slammed US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan as “stillborn” on Tuesday, calling it an “annexation plan” intended to destroy hopes for a two-state solution. “The United States’ so-called .. Arab League to hold urgent meeting on Trump’s Middle East plan Cairo: The Arab League said it will convene an urgent meeting on Saturday in response to US President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Hossam Zaki, the pan-Arab body’s deputy secretary, told reporters on ..