MADRID, 22 (EUROPE PRESS)
At least 10 people, including a child, and 25 were injured in clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli in the past few hours, led by opposing militias, amid rising tensions over the political crisis and deepening economic crisis.
Two groups are involved in the attacks: the so-called RADA Special Deterrence Force (FED-RADA), led by Abdul Rauf Kara, former anti-Gaddafi fighters and now converted into vigilantes, who launched a full-scale attack on locations controlled by the Tripoli Revolutionary Brigade (BRT), led by Ayub Abu Ras, which is close to the capital’s unity government.
Sources from the Libya Observer portal have indicated that the clashes began after the kidnapping of a senior RADA commander by a group belonging to the Revolutionary Brigade, two militias operating within the maze of armed groups that have ruled Tripoli practically since the fall of Tripoli ambushed Gaddafi in 2011.
Tróli rescue service spokesman Osama Ali has detailed in statements to Libyan TV channel Al Ahrar that fighting took place in the areas of Zauiya al Dahmani, Al Furnaj and Ain Zara, according to The Libyan newspaper. Observer’.
After a few hours of silence, fighting in this last area started up again this afternoon. Many people involved in the fighting have taken refuge in wedding halls and several residents of Ain Zara are asking for a safe corridor to escape the fighting as shells fall indiscriminately on residential areas.
For its part, the Presidential Council released a statement calling on the parties to “stop fighting and return to their positions without delay” before requesting that the public prosecutor’s office “open a full investigation into the causes of the clashes”.
“The defense and interior ministries of the government of national unity must take the necessary measures to enforce security in the capital,” he said, just days after senior military officials from the opposing governments held a rare meeting in Tripoli to discuss the matter asked to proceed with the unification of the hand chain to try to find a solution to the crisis.
The military-level talks are part of a three-way process being promoted to try to end the conflict in the country, which deepened after the presidential election scheduled for December 2021 was postponed. The east-based House of Representatives reaffirmed after the mandate of unit Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibé had expired and he appointed Fazi Bashaga as his successor.
The unity government has rejected the decision of the House of Representatives, which represents a setback to efforts to end the conflict, and reiterated that Dbeibé will remain in office to implement his new “roadmap” calling for general elections to be held in June, the one constitutional referendum that provides a legal framework for conducting the elections, although it did not take place.
Dbeibé was elected Prime Minister by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in February 2021, replacing then-Unity Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, who agreed to relinquish his powers following the consultation process that followed a ceasefire agreement, according to the Tripoli authorities rejected the military offensive launched in April 2019 by General Khalifa Haftar, who had allied himself with the authorities based in the east.