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Clashes escalate in Libya’s capital Tripoli, killing 26

Libya is currently split between rival governments in the east and the west [Getty]

Date of publication: 30 August, 2018

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A Libyan official says fighting between rival militias in the capital has killed at least 26 people, including civilians.

A Libyan official says fighting between rival militias in the capital has killed at least 26 people, including civilians.

Widad Abu Niran, a Health Ministry spokesman, said Thursday that another 75 people have been wounded in the fighting, which began Monday and pits armed groups from Tripoli against other groups from a town to the south.

Militias supported by the UN-backed government in Tripoli proposed a cease-fire on Wednesday.

Since the 2011 NATO-backed ouster of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been divided between the unity government in Tripoli and a rival administration in the east of the country.

A myriad of militias, jihadist groups and people traffickers have taken advantage of the chaos.

Transitional authorities, including the GNA, have tried but failed to integrate the armed forces into a regular army, relying on militias to ensure the capital's security.

In the summer of 2017, pro-GNA militias expelled several rival groups from the capital.

IS was dislodged from its stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte, in 2016 with some surviving militants fleeing inland.

Libya is currently split between rival governments in the east and the west.

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