clashes erupted between sarraj’s government and national salvation
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Clashes erupted between Sarraj’s government and National Salvation

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Clashes erupted between Sarraj’s government and National Salvation
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Violent clashes have been witnessed in the Libyan capital of Tripoli between the internationally-recognized government of Fayez Al Sarraj and militants of National Salvation government. These clashes are concentrated in several areas, notably Abu Salim and Salah al-Din. The National Safety Commission called on citizens living in these areas to exercise caution after some random missiles hit public and private property.
Fierce clashes erupted today between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital Tripoli, seat of the country’s UN-backed unity government. Tripoli has been gripped by a power struggle between dozens of militias since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.
AFP journalists heard explosions and artillery fire as fighting broke out in the Abu Slim, Al-Hadhba and Salaheddin districts in the south of the city. Witnesses said tanks had been deployed. British ambassador Peter Millett tweeted that he could hear explosions and artillery in south Tripoli.
He condemned “action by these militias who threaten security” in the run-up to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins on Saturday in Libya. Groups hostile to the Government of National Accord said they attacked loyalist forces.
The fighting started around a complex of luxury villas that until March served as the headquarters of militias loyal to former prime minister Khalifa Ghweil.
Ghweil was ousted from power when the GNA took office in March 2016 and has refused to recognise the new administration. Loyalist forces seized the villas in four days of intense fighting in March that saw them expand their control over the capital.
Tripoli had been relatively calm since, but dozens of armed groups still operate — including several who support Ghweil. The GNA has won the support of various militias since it took office in March last year, but several parts of Tripoli remain beyond its control. Relying on militia support and pitted against a rival administration in the east, the GNA has struggled to assert its authority.
On the political side, Presidency Council (PC)  head Faiez Serraj has insisted to British Prime Minister Theresa May that Libya and the UK must continue to work together to detect terrorist networks.
In a phone call to London after the Manchester suicide bombing by a British-Libyan Salman Abedi, Serraj expressed his deep condolences, having sent a similar message to the Queen two days ago.
“As we condemn in the strongest terms all terrorist attacks against innocent civilians, we emphasise that we stand by the friendly British people during these difficult times,” he said.
Serraj updated May on the arrest of members of Abedi’s family by the Rada Special Deterrence Force.
Serraj put out a statement urging the media not to jump to conclusions until the Chief Prosecutor had carried out his investigations.
Yesterday, PC deputy head Ahmed Maetig offered British Ambassador Peter Millett his deepest condolences over the attack and called for a concerted effort to fight terrorism.
A PC statement said Millett underlined Britain’s support for the UN-backed government and its attempts to revive the economy.

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