At least 23 killed and 140 injured in violent clashes between rival militias in Libyan capital Tripoli

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Violent clashes between rival Libyan militias in the capital Tripoli have left at least 23 people dead and 140 injured, the Libyan health ministry said on Saturday.

In the capital, fierce fighting broke out overnight as rival factions exchanged intense gunfire and several loud explosions resounded throughout the city. Photos and videos circulating on social media show the scale of the clashes in Libya as dozens of buildings, including residential buildings, were destroyed and several cars destroyed and burned.

Libya has been split between warring factions since 2014, following the 2011 NATO-backed uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.

The UN-backed government of national unity said in a statement on its official Facebook page that the clashes “were caused by a military group that fired indiscriminate fire at a convoy passing along Zawia Street, as armed groups gathered at the 27th. gate west. from Tripoli and the Jebs Gate south of Tripoli.”

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The country’s interim prime minister, Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, the head of GNU, is based in Tripoli in western Libya. The parliament building in Tobruk in the east of the country is the seat of a rival government led by Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha.

Bashagha has tried to enter and take over Tripoli, claiming that the GNU is illegal and should step aside. However, the GNU refused, claiming that power should be transferred peacefully through elections, not by force.

According to the Libyan news agency LANA, the official news agency of the internationally recognized government, the municipality of Tripoli held both the UN-recognized government of national agreement and the Libyan national army responsible for the deteriorating situation in the capital.

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“Tripoli Municipality holds the parliament, the Supreme Council of the State, the presidential council and the two governments responsible for the deteriorating security situation in the capital Tripoli and demands the international community to protect its citizens,” LANA reported.

US Ambassador to Libya Richard B. Norland urged the importance of “avoiding violent clashes in Tripoli,” according to a tweet from the US Embassy in Libya.

Norland said he and Presidential Council President Menfi discussed the need for de-escalation on Friday, the embassy tweeted on Saturday.

“We agreed on the urgent need to finalize a constitutional foundation and move towards elections, as well as the importance of taking steps to increase transparency and accountability in the management of Libyan oil revenues. increase,” the tweet added.

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya tweeted on Saturday that the United Nations in Libya is “deeply concerned about ongoing armed clashes, including indiscriminate medium and heavy shelling in civilian-populated neighborhoods in Tripoli, reportedly resulting in civilian casualties and damage to civilians.” facilities, including hospitals.”

“The UN calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities and reminds all parties of their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian objects,” the tweet added.

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