Rival militias continue to clash in Tripoli despite ceasefire

  • Matteo Latorraca
  • 27.2.2017 13:50

On 26 February, the Ganiewa militia, aligned with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), and the rival Al-Burki brigade continued to clash in Tripoli’s Abu Salim neighbourhood, despite reaching a ceasefire agreement on 24 February, following two days of initial deadly clashes.

The fighting broke out on Thursday and provoked an escalation that forced many to leave the neighbourhood. Sources claimed the new wave of violence is related to recent abductions of fighters by both warring factions. Despite the UN support, the Al Sarraj government still struggles to pacify the capital and find common ground with all the city’s armed groups. The spillover of violence is a matter of concern also for European governments committed to tackle terrorism and illegal immigration. On Friday, Martin Kobler, the Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya, called for calm on his Facebook page.

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