Heavy clashes have been reported between the army of the internationally recognised government of Libya and rebel commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli.

Nearly seven months after veteran commander Haftar launched an offensive on Tripoli, the war has produced a surge in foreign support on both sides, but few major incursions, locking a country split between rival camps for five years into deeper polarisation.

Leaders on both sides appear to be ruling out compromise.

Pro-government fighters, talking to Al Jazeera in the Sabratha region, said a no-fly zone should be imposed by the international community to support government forces in the war.

“We want the government to provide us with an air defence system and advanced weapons and demand

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