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Violent clashes in west of Tripoli

Violent clashes in west of Tripoli

Libya

The war in Libya is far from over.

On Tuesday, the western part of Tripoli was the scene of violent clashes between armed groups from Misrata and other central region areas and security forces of the Government of National Accord.

According to eye witnesses, the fighting began on Monday night in the neighbourhoods of Hay Al-Andalus and Gergaresh.

“Today, the security forces of Tripoli entered the neighbourhood of Andalus on the demand of the residents in order to protect them. “Everyone knows that the Andalus neighbourhood has been a victim of many abductions and murders,” said Colonel Salah Al-Massamoui, Tripoli’s chief of security.

Authorities have indicated that they are attempting to kick the armed groups and militias out of the areas of Hay Al-Andalus and Gurji in a cleansing operation of the individuals who are getting in the way of the area’s security.

The clashes, which were triggered by the killing of a resident from Gurji near Aman Bank last week, continued and escalated on Tuesday using medium and light weapons.

UN Special Envoy Martin Kobler has called for an immediate ceasefire in the area as civilians are at grave risk in the ongoing clashes

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