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Clashes in Southern Libya Leave 147 Dead

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: April 1, 2012 Last Updated: April 1, 2012
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Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib (R) and minister of defense of the Transitional Government Osama Juili (L) attend a press conference in Tripoli, Libya on March 31. Libya's interim government announced a ceasefire aimed at ending deadly tribal clashes. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib (R) and minister of defense of the Transitional Government Osama Juili (L) attend a press conference in Tripoli, Libya on March 31. Libya's interim government announced a ceasefire aimed at ending deadly tribal clashes. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 147 people were killed during fighting between two rival Libyan tribes over the past six days in a remote part of the country, media reports said.

Another 395 people were left wounded and 180 people were transported to Tripoli for treatment, the country’s health minister, Fatma al-Hamroush, told reporters over the weekend, according to AP.

The government on Saturday said that it held talks with the two rival factions over the fighting in the oasis city of Sabha and the two came to a ceasefire agreement, reported Reuters. The two groups involved in the conflict are members of the Tibu ethnic group and militias from the city.

Abdurrahim El-Keib, Libya’s interim prime minister, said the truce has been taken up by both sides after several ceasefire agreements failed, the news agency said.

“We are pained for the south and we are sorry that the clashes reached this stage,” El-Keib said. “The government is working to solve this problem.”

Residents in Sabha said the two tribes used mortars, rockets, and automatic rifles, with Tibu spokesperson Mohammed Lino adding that around 70 homes were burnt and 100 families were displaced, AP reported.




   

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