Fighting between rival militias in southern Tripoli increased significantly on Thursday, September 20. Local sources reported that mortars and Grad rockets had been fired in the vicinity of the Brega Terminal and Hamza Camp. The 7th (Kani) Brigade is engaged in fighting with the Rada Deterrence Force (RDF) near Wadie Rabie, while Salah Badi forces continue to advance on Airport Road. Pro-Government of National Accord (GNA) forces have been deployed to the area to contain the situation. It is unclear when the fighting between the rival militia groups will abate. Additional clashes are expected in Tripoli in the coming hours and days.
On a separate note, Libyan guards closed the airport serving the Wafa oilfield on September 20. According to the National Oil Company (NOC), the oilfield may have to shut down operations should the closure persist.
This recent escalation in fighting has taken place after a deadline set by tribal leaders and members of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Tarhuna requesting armed militias in Tripoli stand down by September 17 or face military action passed. Local sources have observed an increased LNA presence in the south of Tripoli. These clashes follow several days of a tenuous ceasefire between local armed groups, initially brokered by the UN on September 4, which aimed to put an end to hostilities ongoing around Tripoli since August 27.
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