Libya’s UN-backed prime minister has vowed to defend the capital Tripoli as forces loyal to a rival advance from the east.

In a televised address, Fayez al-Serraj accused Gen Khalifa Haftar of launching a coup, saying his troops would be met with force.

The rebels are on the outskirts of the capital and say they have seized Tripoli’s international airport.

Tripoli is the base of the UN-backed, internationally recognised government.

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