Libya clashes leave four dead in E Tripoli

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Clashes be­tween forces loyal to Libya’s unity govern­ment and rival fight­ers east of Tripoli have left four peo­ple dead in­clud­ing at least two civil­ians, the health min­istry said. An­other 21 peo­ple were wounded in the fight­ing on Sun­day and Mon­day in Garab­ulli about 60 kilo­me­ters east of the cap­i­tal, the min­istry said overnight on Face­book. Two for­eign work­ers, whose na­tion­al­i­ties were un­clear, were among those killed, it said.

Clashes broke out on Sun­day evening be­tween forces loyal to the Govern­ment of Na­tional Ac­cord and fight­ers aligned with for­mer prime min­is­ter Khal­ifa Gh­weil who re­fuses to rec­og­nize the UN-backed govern­ment in Tripoli, wit­nesses said. The vi­o­lence was con­tin­ued at dawn yes­ter­day, they said. Pro-GNA forces backed by dozens of tanks and pickup trucks mounted with anti-air­craft guns de­ployed east of the cap­i­tal head­ing for Garab­ulli on the week­end, the wit­nesses said.

On Fri­day the GNA warned groups it de­scribed as “out­laws” against at­tempt­ing to ad­vance on Tripoli, adding that it had in­structed se­cu­rity forces to pre­vent an as­sault on the cap­i­tal. Libya has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 top­pling of dictator Moamer Kad­hafi, with var­i­ous mili­tias and ad­min­is­tra­tions vy­ing for con­trol of the oil-rich coun­try. A rival author­ity based in the coun­try’s east has re­fused to rec­og­nize the GNA since it started work­ing in Tripoli in March last year.—AFP

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