Egypt's Sisi meets Libyan renegade general, Haftar, in Cairo

The Libyan National Army (LNA) headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has confirmed the loss of its warplane, noting that the aircraft could have been downed by the rival Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).

Egypt has close ties with Haftar, whose Libyan National Army (LNA) controls the east and swept through the mainly desert south earlier this year before moving to Tripoli ten days ago in a major escalation of conflict.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met Sunday with Libyan commander Halifa Haftar, whose forces are fighting for control of the capital Tripoli, state media reported.

In a brief statement, Egypt's presidential palace said that during the talks Mr Sisi emphasised Egypt's support for "combating terrorism and extremist groups and militias to restore peace and stability for Libyan citizens across their country".

Haftar, who was exiled in the United States for two decades, returned to Libya in 2011 when the revolution erupted, commanding forces that eventually toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi. He has led previous campaigns against Islamic militants and other rivals in eastern Libya, and has received support from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Russia and France.

Analysts believe the campaign on Tripoli could potentially reignite large-scale fighting among the country's rival powers and undermine global efforts to reunite the fractured North African nation.

The UN said on Sunday that a school was bombed in Ain Zara southwest of Tripoli, without saying who was responsible. "You've learned and tasted war".

The World Health Organization said 121 people have been killed in the fighting and another 561 have been wounded. Some 13,600 people have fled their homes.

So far, the LNA and its leadership have ignored worldwide calls to halt their battle against fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord led by Fayez Al Sarraj in Tripoli. No further details were available.

The front lines were mostly calm on Sunday morning but military sources said in the afternoon that an eastern Libyan warplane crashed in southern Tripoli.

In March 2016, GNA chief Fayez al-Sarraj arrived in Tripoli to set up a new government, but the Haftar-allied administration in the eastern city of Tobruk refused to recognise its authority.

His lightning drive appears to have united diverse factions in western Libya in the defense of Tripoli.