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30 Aug 2018 | 05:48 PM UTC

Libya: Militia clashes leave 27 dead in Tripoli area as of August 30 /update 1

Libya News Alert

Clashes between opposing militia groups in Tripoli area in recent days result in deaths of at least 27 people as of August 30; additional clashes possible in the coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/30/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/2/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli

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Event

Clashes have been reported between opposing militia groups in the Tripoli area in recent days which have left at least 27 people dead and some 100 others wounded as of Thursday, August 30. The fighting reportedly erupted on Monday, August 27, and has prompted the evacuations of citizens from conflict areas; the clashes had mostly ceased on Thursday following the announcement of a new ceasefire deal between the warring sides on the night of Wednesday, August 29 (local time).

Despite the ceasefire, further instances of gunfire and explosions have been reported in the Khallet Al-Furjan and Al-Habda neighborhoods of Tripoli as of Thursday afternoon; additional clashes between rival militia groups are possible in the Tripoli area in the coming hours and days. Consequent transportation disruptions are possible on thoroughfares in Tripoli and at Mitiga International Airport (MJI).

Context

Libya has been divided into rival governments and factions with their own militias and political parties since the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. The security situation in Libya remains precarious and there is little to no sign of a return of relative stability in the near-term.

Advice

Individuals in Libya are advised to avoid the Tripoli area until the situation normalizes, as well as other active conflict areas and large public gatherings.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas (with appropriate security protocols in place), other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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