Tripoli fighting continues for second day

Tripoli fighting continues for second day

February 24, 2017 - 16:15
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

The two warring groups traded accusations over abduction of their fighters, igniting the clashes in densely populated areas.

Al-Burki and Ganiewa armed brigades continued Friday their heavy exchange of fire in Tripoli for the second day.

Both rival groups engaged in heavy street fighting in Abu Salim neighborhood leaving around 10 gunmen from both sides dead.

The two warring groups traded accusations over abduction of their fighters, igniting the clashes in densely populated areas.

Social media users posted several photos and videos showing the intense exchange of fire and damage caused to civilians’ properties.

Ceasefire efforts reached by mediators last night have failed. The Libyan Red Crescent managed to evacuate a family from the clashes zone while many others are still trapped.

Ganiewa armed group, which is under the Interior Ministry of Presidency Council, claimed on Friday its control of Al-Burki’s barracks, but the latter was quick to deny this.

There was no comment from the UN-installed Presidency Council, but the Salvation Government urged in a statement both sides to stop fighting and called its military units to get ready for intervention to suppress the chaos if both parties refused to comply with the ceasefire calls.

 

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