Return to calm in Tripoli after the clashes the day before

Return to calm in Tripoli after the clashes the day before

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The Libyan capital was calm on Sunday, the day after clashes that left 32 dead and 159 injured, the most serious in two years in the country, following an offensive against the Tripoli-based government.

Cars were circulating normally again in the capital where shops were open and people were trying to repair the damage caused by the violence, with burnt vehicles still visible in the center of Tripoli.

These fights have raised fears of a conflagration in the country, plunged into a stalemate due to the power struggle between Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah in Tripoli and Fathi Bashagha – supported by the Parliament sitting in the east of the country – who is trying to install a new government in the capital.

It was Fathi Bashagha’s second attempt since May to seize power in Tripoli.

Airlines said on Sunday that air traffic was normal at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport, a sign that the security situation has improved.

The health ministry said on Sunday that 32 people were killed in the violence on Saturday and 159 were injured, while a ministry source had previously put the death toll at 23 and 87 respectively.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an immediate end to the violence and for genuine dialogue to break the political deadlock in Libya.

(Report Ahmed Elumami and Ayman al-Warfali, written by Angus McDowall, French version Jean-Michel Bélot)


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