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Published On: Sat, Sep 1st, 2018

West ‘deeply concerned’ over militia clashes in Libya

The US, Italy, France and the United Kingdom have expressed deep concern over the recent militia clashes that killed nearly 80 and displaced hundreds of people from the Libyan capital Tripoli.

In a joint statement issued on December 29, the four powers threatened to hold those responsible for the fighting and instability in southern Tripoli accountable.

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“Any attempts to undermine Libya’s security are unacceptable and completely counter to the wishes of the Libyan people. The international community is monitoring the situation closely. We strongly warn against any further escalation and call on all parties to exercise restraint, restore calm and engage in peaceful dialogue.

“Pursuing political aims through violence will only further exacerbate the suffering of the people of Libya, and threaten broader stability. Those who threaten Libya’s peace, security and stability will be held accountable,” the statement said.

According to the Libyan Ministry of Health, 26 people were killed and 75 others were injured during heavy clashes between the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade and the Kani 7th Brigade militias on August 29.

The militias are believed to be fighting for security control over the southern suburbs of Tripoli. Despite the current lull in fighting which involved the deployment of heavy armor and at least one airstrike, militias from nearby cities have reinforced the opposing factions in Tripoli.

Libya has been controlled by militias allied to shaky governing coalitions since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011. Presently, there is no central government in Libya, with two rival factions based in Tripoli and Tobruk claiming to be in charge of the country.

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