Libya: Death toll increases to 47 following week of Tripoli clashes

4th Sep 2018
Libya: Death toll increases to 47 following week of Tripoli clashes

By Walid Abdullah

 

TRIPOLI, Libya (AA): Armed confrontations continued on Monday between rival militias on the outskirts of Libyan capital Tripoli, bringing the death toll to at least 47 following a week of on-again, off-again clashes.

On August 26, violence erupted in southeastern Tripoli between militias aligned with the country’s UN-backed unity government.
The fighting broke out after the Seventh Infantry Brigade (affiliated with the Defense Ministry) accused the Tripoli Revolutionary Brigade (affiliated with the Interior Ministry) of attacking areas under its control.

According to the Tripoli-based Health Ministry, at least 47 people have been killed so far — and scores more injured — since the violence began one week ago.

Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of the Tripoli-based unity government, has reportedly directed Mohamed al-Zein, head of the government’s counter-terrorism agency, to oversee ceasefire talks between the two groups.

400 prisoners escaped from Ain Zara prison in south-east Tripoli Monday. They are believed to be supporters of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya has remained dogged by turmoil since 2011, when a bloody NATO-backed uprising led to the ouster and death of longstanding leader Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.

Since then, Libya’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of power — one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli — and a host of heavily-armed militia groups.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Map of Libya by Asav/Creative Commons]

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