Fresh fighting in Libya

2012-06-10 14:42
Libyan expatriates and embassy personnel raise a Libyan flag, used by the Kingdom of Libya before Muammar Gaddafi's regime at the Libyan Embassy at suburban Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines. (Bullit Marquez, AP)

Libyan expatriates and embassy personnel raise a Libyan flag, used by the Kingdom of Libya before Muammar Gaddafi's regime at the Libyan Embassy at suburban Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines. (Bullit Marquez, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cairo - At least 17 people were killed on Sunday in renewed clashes between former militiamen and tribal fighters in a south-eastern Libyan town, reported local media.

The fighting flared up when insurgents from the minority Tabu tribe attacked an office manned by the former militiamen in the town of Kufra, said the independent Libyan news agency Solidarity Press. Tanks were used in the dawn attack.

Fifteen tribal fighters and two from the former rebels, now part of the Libyan army, were killed, according to the report.

The clashes between the two sides had started late on Friday amid conflicting reports about the cause.

A Tabu leader said the fighting had erupted after the former militiamen, known as the Libya Shield Battalion, had shelled the tribe's district.

But Ali Abdul-Rahim, a local security official, said an attack on a security checkpoint in the town triggered the violence.

Kufra, a town of about 40 000, was the scene of deadly ethnic fighting between the Arab Zwai and the African Tabu tribes in February.

The Tabu felt discriminated against under the 42-year rule of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Several areas in the North African country have seen clashes in recent months, as rebels - who fought and deposed the Gaddafi regime last year - have kept their weapons and often retained de facto local control.

- SAPA
Read more on:    muammar gaddafi  |  libya  |  north africa  |  libya protests
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to connect to your inner needs and try to get things back into a more balanced rhythm. There will be emotional...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.