Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognized government carried out air strikes on Wednesday near the capital Tripoli, which is controlled by its rivals, officials said, as United Nations-brokered peace talks resumed in Morocco.

U.N. Special Envoy Bernardino Leon condemned the air strikes as an attempt to prevent a Tripoli delegation from traveling to Morocco for the new round of talks.

“We have seen negative messages (aimed) toward this dialogue but we have never seen air strikes at the moment when one of the delegations is taking off on its way to the talks,” Leon said, according to a U.N. statement. […]