Militias on Alert ahead of Possible New Round of Unrest in Libyan Capital

Security forces are seen in Tripoli, Libya. (Asharq Al-Awsat file photo)
Security forces are seen in Tripoli, Libya. (Asharq Al-Awsat file photo)
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Militias on Alert ahead of Possible New Round of Unrest in Libyan Capital

Security forces are seen in Tripoli, Libya. (Asharq Al-Awsat file photo)
Security forces are seen in Tripoli, Libya. (Asharq Al-Awsat file photo)

Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU), headed by Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, has yet to comment on reports about the activities of armed militias loyal to it in the capital Tripoli amid concerns of a new flareup in fighting.

Witnesses and local sources said the “Hadiqa squadron” of Abdel Ghani al-Kakali, known as “Ghniwa”, was on alert in Tripoli’s Abou Sleem area.

Local media also said all militias and armed groups in the city were on high alert.

The “Libyan Institution for Human Rights” said it had received reports of the continued mobilization of armed groups that are loyal to the GNU in Tripoli.

It expected armed clashes to erupt in residential areas in the coming days.

In a statement overnight Saturday, it warned all parties against the “excessive use of arms.”

It also called for keeping the people away from armed disputes and the struggle for power between rival groups.

It urged the GNU, its interior and defense ministries and head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed al-Menfi, to act to defuse the tensions.

Moreover, it warned that “all armed groups have fortified themselves in residential areas so that civilians could be used as human shields.”

Armed clashes had erupted in Tripoli on Thursday. No one was killed or injured in the fighting. The interior ministry has deployed police to secure the city.



Gaza Health Ministry: 70 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Fire in Khan Younis

Smoke rises following Israeli bombardments in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)
Smoke rises following Israeli bombardments in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)
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Gaza Health Ministry: 70 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Fire in Khan Younis

Smoke rises following Israeli bombardments in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)
Smoke rises following Israeli bombardments in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

Seventy Palestinians were killed and more than 200 wounded by Israeli fire on the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, Gaza's Health Ministry said on Monday.

It said some of the wounded were in a "dangerous condition.”

Another strike hit outside Al-Aqsa Hospital in the central town of Deir-Al-Balah, where many people were living in tents on the street, killing one person and wounding three.

The attacks came as the Israeli military ordered the evacuation of part of a crowded area in the Gaza Strip it had designated a humanitarian zone, saying it is planning an operation against Hamas militants there. The order triggered a new flight of Palestinians, many of whom had taken refuge there just in the past weeks.

The Health Ministry said the toll from Israel’s nine-month war against Hamas in Gaza has surpassed 39,000 Palestinians killed and 89,800 wounded.