Libya, violent clashes between armed groups in Zawiya
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Libya, violent clashes between armed groups in Zawiya

The Red Crescent has called for a ceasefire to help civilians

Five dead and 13 others were injured in the violent clashes that broke out yesterday between two Libyan armed groups in the city of Zawiya, about 45 kilometers west of Tripoli. Local media reported this, reporting the use of heavy weapons. Many civilians would have been trapped by the fighting, so much so that the Libyan Red Crescent has launched an appeal for an immediate suspension of hostilities to allow them to move away from the areas affected by the violence.

The clashes, with heavy weapons – report the local media – have opposed two groups officially affiliated to the ministries of Defense and of the Interior, in the heart of this city located about forty kilometers from the capital Tripoli. According to some local security sources, fighting erupted after a member of one of the two groups was killed by a supporter of the rival militia over a dispute over fuel trafficking, very common in this region near the border with Tunisia. These clashes occur at a time when the North African country is going through a serious political crisis in a context of chronic insecurity characterized by recurrent clashes between armed groups