Clashes erupt again between GNA-funded militias in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The fragile UN-brokered truce in Tripoli reached between rival militias appeared on the brink of collapse as clashes erupted once against today between various armed factions.

The sound of gunshots and explosions could be heard in the capital’s western al-Siyahiya and Janzour districts.

Janzour security directorate chief Kamal al-Fandy revealed that the clashes erupted after an armed group opened fire at a member of the Fursan Janzour Brigades, reported local media on Sunday.

No casualties have yet been reported. The UN mission and GNA have yet to comment on the unrest, which are the first of their kind this year.

The tensions have since died down.

Fierce clashes had raged in Tripoli in August 2018 between forces loyal to the GNA and members of the Seventh Brigade from the southern city of Tarhouna. The fighting left 78 people dead and 210 wounded, according to official figures.

The UN had intervened and brokered a fragile truce to end the unrest.

With renewed clashes between rival militias in Tripoli, local demands are mounting in the city calling for the entry of the Libyan National Army (LNA) into Tripoli. Last week, a peaceful demonstration took place in Tripoli in which activists raised slogans and signs that call on LNA led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar to liberate Tripoli from the grip of militias and non-armed groups.


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