Violent clashes between armed groups in Tripoli

According to identical sources, violent clashes between armed groups took place in the Libyan capital Tripoli on the night of Friday to Saturday.

Local media reported that heavy and light weapons were used in fighting in Al Gibes, in the south of the city, amid political chaos and the presence of two governments vying for power.

Clashes erupted between armed groups loyal to Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, head of the Tripoli-based government, and other groups close to rival Prime Minister Fathi Bashaga, who is temporarily based in Sirte.

According to Libyan media, the clashes ended with the mediation of Brigade 444. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Libya is deeply divided by the presence of two competing governments, the first came to Tripoli in accordance with a political agreement a year and a half ago, led by Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, who refuses to transfer power except to an elected government, and the second, led by Fathi Bashag, appointed by the Tobruk parliament last February and gave him credibility in March, and he is taken from Sirte in the center of the country, where he is temporarily headquartered after he was banned from entering Tripoli.

The government of Dabaib was entrusted with the main task of organizing the parliamentary and presidential elections, which were scheduled for December last year.

However, disagreements between the Libyan political parties, especially on the electoral law, led to its postponement indefinitely, knowing that the international community had high hopes for achieving stability in the country.

Source: AFP.

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