Libya: Tribal clashes kill 12 in town of Zliten
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Libya: Tribal clashes kill 12 in town of Zliten

Zlītan : Libya | Aug 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM PDT
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Clashes erupted between rival tribes in the Libyan town of Zliten,145km south-east of the capital Tripoli, killing at least 12 people and dozens more were injured, security officials say.

The clashes were sparked by a dispute between two families from the Haly and Fawatra tribes, Reuters reports.

A source in the Libyan police says that the conflicting sides used heavy weapons, including anti-aircraft machine-gun devices. The bloodshed stopped only after government forces entered the town, AFP news reported.

Meanwhile, spokesman for Libyan interior ministry's high security committee, said that over 100 tanks and 26 missile launchers were seized from the militia loyal to Libya's ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi, that posed as revolutionaries in the region of Tarhuna, 60 kilometers southeast of the Libyan capital.

Furthermore, Libyan security officials said that, they had arrested 32 members of an organized network of Muammar Gaddafi, in connection with Sunday's twin car bombing in the capital Tripoli. In that two people were killed and injured four others in Tripoli in the dawn attacks, which took place on the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.

However, dozens of officials and relatives of Gaddafi fled to neighbouring Tunisia and Algeria and other countries after the overthrow of his regime. The news authorities have accused them of seeking to destabilise post-revolution Libya.

Opinion:

After the elections, we thought that the Libyan conflict scenario has ended in a democratic way. However, from the above report, we noticed that unfortunately, it is still too early to for them to settle down, as the Libyan state has become extremely segmented. Gaddafi loyalists are still very active in many areas of Libya.

We should have previously understood that dealing with a country such as Libya is actually dealing with tribes controlling certain places therein. Since the beginning of the Libyan revolution in 2011, Libya does not exist as a united country and currently the situation is escalating.

The new Libyan government does not want to admit that the fighting going on is between anti and pro-Gaddafi. They always claim it is a tribal conflict, which proves that the government can not fully control Libya because what is happening in Libya now is the same scenario happening in Somalia

All what we are concerned about is Libya being divided into small states after being one united Libya. This sounds scary and disappointing.

Sources: http://alyaqada.com/2012/08/23/at-least-12-dead-in-fighting-between-militias-in-the-city-of-zliten-70-mileas-east-of-the-capital-tripoli/

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/08/24/233927.html

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