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Libyan factions pause Tripoli battle with 27 dead

Smoke rises amid clashes between armed factions, in Tripoli, Libya, on 15th August, 2023.

Tripoli, LibyaReuters Two powerful armed factions battled in Libya’s capital on Tuesday in the city’s worst violence this year, but the deadly clashes calmed after one side released a commander whose detention had triggered the fighting.  A Tripoli health agency said 27 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the violence, without saying […]

UN Libya mission warns of violence after push for new interim government

Tripoli, LibyaReuters The United Nations Libya mission warned on Thursday against “unilateral initiatives” to address the country’s political stalemate after two legislative bodies proposed creating a new interim government as a precursor to elections.  The United Nations wants a clear route to elections as part of a lasting resolution of Libya’s 12-year-long crisis but opponents […]

Explainer: Untangling the crisis in Libya

Libya Tripoli burnt vehicles2

Reuters Libya’s worst fighting for two years suddenly hit the capital, Tripoli, on Saturday. This explains what led to the violence, why it matters, and how things may play out.  How did Libya fall apart?Libya’s fault lines surfaced as local groups took different positions in the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. An attempted […]

Tripoli tense amid standoff between Libya’s two rival governments

Libya Tripoli

Tripoli, LibyaReuters A long ceasefire has brought life back to Tripoli’s Algeria Square, its roundabout replanted with grass and customers lingering into the night at the Aurora Cafe, but Libya’s new crisis of two governments threatens to upend that peace.  Home to the city hall, post office and a mosque converted from the colonial-era Italian […]