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Clashes Erupt near Tripoli Soon after New Libya Govt Approved

Clashes Erupt near Tripoli Soon after New Libya Govt Approved

Friday, 12 March, 2021 - 06:15
Libya's Prime Minister-designate Abdulhamid Dbeibeh speaks during a press conference in the capital, Tripoli, on Feb. 25, 2021. (Getty Images)

Clashes between rival militias broke out again in the Libyan capital Tripoli soon after parliament granted the interim government its vote of confidence.

The fighting took place between militias loyal to the outgoing Government of National Accord (GNA).

Local media and witnesses reported that Turkish drones were flying at a low altitude over the city of Tajoura east of Tripoli. The aircraft had taken off from the capital’s Mitiga airport on a surveillance mission.

Tanks and military vehicles were also spotted in Tripoli amid the spike in tensions caused by the militia clashes.

In Tajoura, rival militias amassed their members and shut main roads after a dispute erupted between the Tajoura Lions, led by Ali Dreder, and Dhaman Brigade, led by Nader al-Azrak. The dispute broke out when the Dhaman Brigade tried to abduct a member of the rival militia.

GNA Defense Minister Salah al-Namroush had in October ordered the dismantling of both militias, but to no avail.

Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh and new Presidential Council head Mohammed al-Menfi did not issue a statement over the Tripoli unrest.

Dbeibeh tweeted, however, that his government will take “very strong” decisions that will favor the people and nation.

He is expected to be officially sworn into office in the eastern city of Benghazi.

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