The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ROME – Calm returned to Tripoli after armed clashes broke out Wednesday between the Central Security Forces militia backed by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against the Seventh Infantry Brigade from Tarhouna in a struggle to control Tripoli International Airport.
As clashes broke out, chairman of the Presidential Council of the Tripoli-based government, Fayez Al-Sarraj was still in his hotel room in Palermo following his participation in the conference on Libya. Moreover, he was doing an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, in which he said that the problem of militias is overestimated.
“I believe the international community overestimates the problem of militias. All in all we in Tripoli can travel and work. There are violence and too many criminals on the loose, of course, but they are not so serious. In September the United Nations helped to reduce tensions, today there is greater security. I myself move for the capital escorted by a few armed agents, as in any European country “.
Tripoli witnessed the outbreak of clashes on 26 August and continued until 25 October when UN mission finally managed to broker a cease-fire. These clashes left 117 dead and 581 injured, according to a toll issued by Department of War-Wounded Affairs in the Libyan capital.