PHOTOS: Chaos in Libyan capital Tripoli

2016-12-02 13:30
Conflict in Libya (File, AFP).

Conflict in Libya (File, AFP).

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Tripoli – At least eight people have been declared dead after fresh fighting broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli reports said on Friday. 

According to Pulse, the cause of the fighting between the two rival groups was not immediately clear as clashes had become a daily occurrence.

Libya sank into lawlessness and divisions after the downfall of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The fresh clashes sent tanks and convoys of armed militiamen streaming into the streets.

The two sides were split between rival militias vying for control of the city: One has its origins in Tripoli, while the other side is led by forces originally from the western city of Misrata and has Islamist leanings.

Unconfirmed social media reports said that one of the militia groups had since taken over the north African country’s central bank as the ongoing fighting escalated.

Some social media users said that locals were trapped indoors as sounds of gun fire were heard last night through to the early hours of Friday morning. 

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Read more on:    muammar ­gaddafi  |  libya  |  north africa

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