Situation in Libya

New clashes erupt in Libyan capital of Tripoli

by Daily Sabah

Clashes between armed groups erupted overnight in Tripoli, according to local media reports, the latest violence to hit the Libyan capital.

An Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist heard gunfire and explosions around 1 a.m. Saturday (11 p.m. GMT) in the city.

The fighting, with light and heavy weapons, occurred in the El Jebs district in the city’s south, media reports said.

Tensions have been rising for months in Libya as two prime ministers vie for power, raising fears of renewed conflict two years after a landmark truce ended a ruinous attempt by eastern putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar to seize Tripoli by force.

Saturday’s clashes were between armed groups loyal to Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah, head of the unity government based in Tripoli, and others following his rival Fathi Bashagha, named in February as prime minister by a parliament based in Libya’s east after he made a pact with Haftar.

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