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Libyan Newswire

LIBYA: RIVAL MILITIAS IN DEADLY CLASHES IN TRIPOLI

TRIPOLI, Dec. 4 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Rival militias are battling one another in Tripoli in the heaviest fighting in the Libyan capital for two years.

Medical sources said that at least eight people, including civilians, have been killed and more than 20 injured.

A new UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) still lacks authority and the country remains volatile.

The French Foreign Ministry said it was "very worried by the escalation of violence".

According to reports, two of the city's largest and most heavily armed militias are fighting an alliance of hard-line Islamists and militias loyal to rival political authorities.

Libya is still politically divided as rival administrations attempt to assert their power.

Clashes are said to be continuing in two main districts in the south of the capital. Tanks and pickup trucks armed with rocket launchers were reportedly deployed in several districts.

Witnesses said that people stayed at home on Friday morning and many businesses stayed closed.

The new government in Tripoli has not commented on the clashes.

Source: Nam News Network

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