2 killed in renewed Tripoli violence

The Libyan army was deployed to seperate clashing protesters and militiamen in the capital city Tripoli on Friday.

2 killed in renewed Tripoli violence

World Bulletin / News Desk

Two people were killed and four injured in clashes between militiamen and protesters in Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday, medical sources said.

Clashes erupted when armed protesters stormed the headquarters of a local militia in Tripoli's Abu Salim district to demand the militia's departure from the city and a "genuine" handover of the militia's offices to state authorities.

Protesters said the militias had earlier carried out an "artificial handover" of their offices to the Libyan army.

According to eyewitnesses, army troops were deployed to separate the warring sides.

Tripoli residents have repeatedly protested the militias' presence in the capital. Earlier this month, violent clashes between anti-militia protesters and militiamen pushed the authorities to call for the withdrawal of all armed militias from the capital.

The Libyan Defense Ministry said it had deployed army units along the main roads of the capital in an effort to fill an anticipated security vacuum once the militias depart.

On Friday, 46 people were killed and 519 injured in clashes between militias and civilian demonstrators who took to the streets to demand the militias' departure.

Sources close to the militias say 16 militiamen were killed and scores injured in the violence.

Last Mod: 23 Kasım 2013, 09:54
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