The Washington Post

At least 13 killed in renewed clashes


Clashes between competing militias in Libya’s capital killed at least 13 people, a spokesman for Tripoli’s emergency services said Friday, despite calls for calm after violence first broke out the previous night.

It was the latest escalation to threaten the relative peace after nearly a decade of civil war in Libya, where two rival sets of authoritie­s are locked in a political stalemate. The divisions have sparked several incidents of violence in Tripoli in recent months, but most have been over in a matter of hours.

According to Osama Ali, the emergency services spokesman, among those killed since the fighting started late Thursday were three civilians from the area and a 12-year-old child. He also said 30 people had been wounded.

Earlier in the day, one of Libya’s rival government­s had called on militias to stop the fighting, which forced hundreds to flee the area.

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