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24 Sep 2018 | 12:48 AM UTC

Libya: Fighting pauses in Tripoli September 22 /update 3

Libya News Alert

Rival militias pause operations in Tripoli September 22 after recent escalation; clashes expected to resume in the near-term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/22/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/28/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli

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Event

Fighting between rival militias in Tripoli paused on Saturday, September 22, following its recent escalation. According to local sources, fighters appeared to be staging for further operations in several areas of the city on Saturday. The Tripoli Revolutionaries' Brigades (TRB) has announced a new operation under the name Badr (Full Moon) and warned opposing militias to leave Tripoli. Indirect fire continued to be reported in civilian areas of the city on Saturday, including near Mitiga International Airport (MJI), Ben Ashour, and Tajura. The 7th (Kani) Brigade accused the RADA Special Deterrence Forces (RDF) of attacking their forces on Friday, September 21, causing the renewed clashes. Fighting is expected to resume in the near-term despite the operational pause on Saturday.

Context

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.

Advice

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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