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At least 22 killed as Libyan militias clash at Tripoli airport


At least 22 killed as Libyan militias clash at Tripoli airport

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Aug. 2, 2014: A woman evacuated from Libya is hugged by a man after arriving at a port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece. (AP)

TRIPOLI, Libya –  A day of militia
fighting over control of the international airport in Libya’s capital
killed 22 people, the country’s interim government said Sunday, part of
the worsening chaos gripping the country.

Libya is seeing its worst violence since the 2011 civil war that
toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi, as militias made up of the rebels who
overthrew him largely run wild in the country, armed with heavy weaponry
that outguns its poorly organized security forces.

Saturday’s deaths bring the death toll after weeks of fighting for
control of Tripoli’s international airport, as well as Libya’s
second-largest city of Benghazi, to 236 people.

Islamist militias from the coastal city of Misrata have led the
assault on the airport, seeking to seize it from militiamen from the
mountain town of Zintan. Miltia shelling has set fire to at least eight
huge oil depots, sending plumes of black smoke over Tripoli, Libya’s
state-run news agency reported Sunday.

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The fighting came as as more than three-quarters of Libya’s newly
elected parliament met for the first time in Tobrouk, a city near the
Egyptian border chosen by a prominent anti-Islamist politician,
signaling a swing against Islamist parties and extremist militias.

However, as the lawmakers met in Tobrouk, Islamist militias overran
several army bases and took control of the eastern city of Benghazi, the
cradle of the 2011 revolt. Their Benghazi advance dealt a major blow to
forces loyal to a renegade general who has vowed to drive extremist
militias out following months of violence.

The meeting Saturday saw 152 lawmakers gather in Tobrouk, according
to the official Facebook page of Libya’s House of Representatives. Abu
Bakr Baiera, the anti-Islamist lawmaker who presided over the session,
decided to postpone the official opening of the meeting until more
lawmakers arrive.

The presence of that many members of parliament — all elected as
independents — suggests most lawmakers are not affiliated to the
Islamist factions that dominated Libya’s outgoing interim parliament.
The last session suffered from political infighting, as well as violent
attacks that saw lawmakers kidnapped and parliament itself besieged.

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In reflection to the deep divisions among Libya’s elected
authorities, the government described militias attacking the airport as
“assaulting” forces, while the outgoing head of the parliament, Nouri
Abu-Sahmein, described them as mandated to “protect the Libyan state and
the revolution gains.”

The Islamist-leaning Abu-Sahmein, who enjoys presidential powers and
holds the title of the general commander of the armed forces, urged the
militias to “protect the revolution, defend it and curb remnants of the
security brigades threatening the country and try to take-over power.”
He described Zintan militias as remnants of Qaddafi’s old government.

The violence across Libya has prompted the closure of several foreign
missions and the withdrawal of diplomats. On Saturday, a Greek naval
frigate evacuated embassy staff and nearly 200 people from Greece, China
and other countries. Thousands of others have fled to neighboring

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Victor Ndah

Ah wonder how people living there are coping…


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