23 killed in clashes in Libya, UN calls for an end to violence
At least 23 people have been killed in clashes between two armed militia groups in Tripoli, Libya. The entire capital Tripoli has become a battlefield in the bloody conflict. The United Nations has called on both sides to immediately stop the violence and remain calm. News BBC.
On Saturday (August 27) massive clashes took place in the country. Comedian Mustafa Barat was killed. The situation is still stagnant.
Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising in 2011. At that time, the long-time ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was ousted. Despite this, the country’s people have had a relatively quiet time in the past two years.
The tension between the armed political parties suddenly started from Saturday evening. They went down the road and started shooting. Armed forces of the internationally recognized government attempt to repel a fleet of militias loyal to Fathi Bashagha. The conflict spread further.
Gunshots and explosions were heard in different areas of the capital. Black smoke can be seen in different parts of the city. This has spread panic among the people of Tripoli. Emergency services say hospitals have also been affected by the clashes. Civilians have been evacuated from vulnerable areas.
The UN Mission in Libya says the conflict has resulted in “indiscriminate medium and heavy shelling of civilian populated areas”. They called for an immediate ceasefire.
The oil-rich country once had the highest standard of living in Africa. Where free healthcare and education system was running. But since 2011, Tripoli has been devastated by war.