(ANSA) – TRIPOLI, AUGUST 06 – Clashes between armed groups broke out overnight in Tripoli, according to local media, in the latest violence that hit the Libyan capital.
An AFP reporter reported hearing gunshots and explosions around 1:00 am tonight. The fighting, with light and heavy weapons, took place in the El Jebs district in the south of the city, according to media reports.
The clashes involved armed groups loyal to Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah, head of the Tripoli-based government of national unity, and others following his rival Fathi Bashagha, appointed prime minister by a parliament based in eastern Libya in February after having made a pact with Haftar. The fighting ended when another group called the 444 Brigade stepped in to try to mediate, according to Libyan media. There are currently no reports of victims.
In recent months, tensions have increased in Tripoli between armed groups loyal to rival leaders. On 22 July, fighting in the heart of the city left 16 dead and around 50 injured. (HANDLE).
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