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Tripoli militias fire live ammunition at protesters

The Libyan Address Journal

Local sources announced that at least six demonstrators were wounded, as members of militias under the Fayez al-Sarraj government fired live ammunition at the protesters in Martyrs Square in central Tripoli.

The sources reported that the militias kidnapped a number of demonstrators in Martyrs Square.

Sources inside the Tripoli government said that the kidnapped demonstrators were transferred to detention facilities under the control of the Nawasi militia and the Tripoli Protection Brigade.

Eyewitnesses also reported that the forces affiliated with the Government of National Accord withdrew from Martyrs Square after armed men intervened to disperse the protesters.

On the other hand, Amnesty International has called for the release of at least six protesters who were kidnapped when gunmen fired live ammunition to disperse a demonstration in Tripoli, when protesters gathered in Tripoli and elsewhere in western Libya to denounce the deteriorating economic conditions and corruption.

Amnesty said that armed men in military uniform opened fire on the protesters without warning, using Kalashnikov rifles and automatic weapons mounted on trucks.

The London-based organization indicated that, in addition to the kidnapped, a number of demonstrators were injured in the shooting, which took place in an area under the control of the Nawasi militia, allied with the UN-backed government, in Tripoli.

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