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Libya militia agree to end fighting

2012-03-30 08:54

Tripoli - Rival militia in the southern Libyan city of Sabha have reached an agreement to end clashes that killed more than 50 people, marking a fresh attempt by the government to impose order nationwide months after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Representatives from the militia had agreed to a ceasefire on Wednesday but some clashes resumed hours later. Trouble erupted on Sunday when the groups - one comprising fighters from Sabha, the other from the Tibu ethnic group - fell out in a minor dispute over a car, locals there had said.

Bereft of a genuine national army, the Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has struggled to persuade the many militia who fought Gaddafi to lay down their arms and join the armed forces and police.

A delegation of officials from various government ministries travelled to Sabha to try to reach an agreement between both sides.

"The conflict parties have reached an agreement and it will be signed in the next few hours," Mohammed al-Harizy, spokesperson for the NTC, told a news conference, adding the violence had begun from a dispute over payment for former rebel fighters.

Reading out a statement, Harizy said both sides had agreed the Libyan army would take control of entry points into Sabha including the airport, scene of some of the fighting.

He said the agreement also called for Tibu fighters from outside Sabha to leave the city, adding that a separate NTC delegation was on its way to Sabha.

Government spokesperson Nasser al-Manee said on Wednesday that 3 000 soldiers and border guards had been sent to the area.

In Sabha, the scene was much quieter, Sabha fighter Oweidat al-Hifnawi said. "There was an agreement and there is no more fighting," he said by phone.

Last month, dozens of people were killed in clashes between tribes in the far south-eastern province of Al Kufra. Government forces eventually intervened to stop the fighting, in a rare example of the Tripoli government imposing its authority.

Comments
  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-30 09:46

    After 41 years of tyranny by that terrorist gaddafi, some normality is returning to Libya. And although it is a very slow progress, there are only very few Libyans, who long for ""the good old days""

      Kraszan - 2012-03-30 10:28

      HAHAHA NO KIDDING And who has to believe it HHAHAHA only nato rats AS FOR YOU THIS IS NORMAL Then you're retarded LIBYA DOES NOT EXIST On the streets of criminals and gangsters Nothing works. Daily roundups, torture, murder, theft AND FOR YOU THIS IS NORMAL Then you're retarded LIBYA DOES NOT EXIST NOW Libya exists only in wester media

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-31 01:36

      @Kraszan, You comment is so pathetic, Are you suggesting, that because we got criminals and gangsters here on the streets of SA, that it would have been better if the Nats would have stayed in power???? You just want to get rid of some anti Western anger, and it is doutful you give a damn about the Libyan people, for otherwise you would not have made such a dumb comment !!! Ohh, and sorry about your hero, that fruitcake, aka; RAT NUMBER ONE !!!

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