Uneasy calm prevails after deadly clashes in Sabratha

Uneasy calm prevails after deadly clashes in Sabratha

September 17, 2017 - 22:35
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

An uneasy calm has descended on Sabratha city after deadly clashes since early Sunday, causing one death and several injuries.

The clashes erupted between the newly-formed IS fighting operations room and one of the city's armed groups - known as Anas Dabbashi, which was lately mentioned as a deal breaker with Italy regarding payment by the latter to human trafficking gangs to end illegal immigration off the city's coast.

According to local sources, all kinds of weapons were used in the clashes leading to killings and injuries as well as material damage.

Likewise, local websites reported a senior leader from the IS fighting operations room as saying that they attacked Sunday dawn the building of Anas Dabbashi brigade in downtown Sabratha, saying one of the killed persons is a leader in the brigade named Abu Bakir Dabbashi.

He added that the fight was prompted as part of combating the armed groups that have been neck-deep in human trafficking and organized crime, indicating that what they are doing is supported by the residents in order to rid them of the criminality in their city.

Sabratha city is one of the jumping off points for illegal immigrants to sail off the Libyan coast to Europe, besides the fact that several armed groups from the city including Dabbashi's are accused of being behind the illicit trips to Italy via the Mediterranean.