Blast in Lybia kills 10

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A blast at a weapons shop in southern Lybia has killed at least 10 people. State television said people had been attempting to steal copper wire from an arms depot in Brak al-Shati, near Sabha.

Officials report the death toll in 10, but fear it may reach 30.

Meanwhile, at least three soldiers have reportedly been killed in clashes with an armed group in Benghazi.


Libya spy chief released from kidnap

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Libya’s deputy intelligence chief has been released after his abduction yesterday (read the article of this here)

Mustafa Nuh had reportedly been held by gunmen from the western town of Zintan.

Meanwhile, Tripoli is observing a three-day strike after militias from Misrata city opened fire on demonstrators, killing more than 40 people on Friday and Saturday.

The Misrata militia have been ordered to leave Tripoli within three days.

Two years after its revolution, Libya still lacks a stable government.

The rival militias from across the country that helped topple Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 have so far refused to disarm.

They seize senior officials to gain political leverage.

Mr Nuh was bundled into a car after arriving at Tripoli international airport on Sunday, but was released on Monday morning.

Lybia’s deputy intelligence chief kidnapped

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The deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh was kidnapped today. Lybian media says the abduction occurred in Lybia’s capital city Tripoli at the airport, but government officials can not confirm this.

The kidnapping comes as the Libyan capital observes a general strike in protest against the presence of militia groups in the city. The strike was called after more than 40 people died and hundreds were injured in two days of clashes.

The weak central government in Libya has struggled to keep control amid powerful local militia. These groups were originally formed to help oust Col Muammar Gaddafi, but two years later they refuse to disarm. No group has said it abducted Mr Nuh, but militias have seized senior officials before to get political leverage.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was held hostage for several hours by gunmen in October, before being released unharmed.

The Libyan capital has been tense and volatile since the clashes on Friday between militia based in Tripoli and protesters trying to evict them from their headquarters (read more about this here).

Tripoli’s local council has declared a three-day general strike, calling on all militia groups leave the area.

Most shops and schools are closed and many roadblocks have been erected by local residents and various armed groups.

People close shops to protest against the militias:


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Militants kill protesters in Lybia

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Militants opened fire to anti-militia protesters in Tripoli, Lybia, killing over forty people and injuring around 50.

The event ocurred outside the Misrata militia Headquarters in Gharghour district.

The militia were also involved in las week’s clashes to the capital (read more here

The Libyan government has been struggling to contain numerous militias who control many parts of the country.

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“Pro-Syrian” Lebanese Sunni shot dead

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A Lebanese Sunni Muslim cleric whose group is allied to Syria’s government has been killed in the northern city of Tripoli, security sources say.

Saad al-Din Ghiyyeh, an official in the Islamic Action Front, was shot in his car by masked gunmen on a motorcycle.

He was rushed to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

Soldiers were deployed to the area to prevent further violence in the city, which has seen deadly sectarian clashes aggravated by the conflict in Syria.

Since 2012, at least 50 people have been killed in fighting between residents of the predominantly Alawite district of Jabal Muhsin and the neighbouring Sunni areas of Bab al-Tabbana and Qobbeh.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is an Alawite and members of the heterodox Shia sect dominate the government and security forces.

Syria’s majority Sunni community bore the brunt of the crackdown on dissent and is at the forefront of the armed revolt against the state.

Ghiyyeh, who survived an attempt on his life several months ago, was reportedly close to the head of the IAF, which has good relations with the Syrian government and Lebanon’s Shia Islamist movement, Hezbollah.

Two IAF members are said to have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the bombings of two Sunni mosques in Tripoli in August that killed at least 42 people and wounded hundreds more.


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Terror in Tripoli, five star hotel hit by gunfire

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November 7th, 2013

Gun battles between rival militias raged in several parts of the Libyan capital on Thursday night with no immediate reports of casualties.

The sound of anti-aircraft gunfire and blasts echoed across Tripoli in one of the most intense incidents of militia infighting in the city since the fall of the Gadhafi regime two years ago.

The clashes, between a militia from the city of Misrata and Tripoli militiamen, broke out after a Misrata militia commander died as a result of injuries he suffered on Tuesday. Commander Nuri Fairwan was injured Tuesday in fighting between the two militias that began with a dispute at a Tripoli checkpoint and escalated.

Witnesses in parts of the capital affected by the clashes said residential buildings and a five-star hotel were hit by the gunfire.

Tripoli’s Radisson Blu Al Mahary Hotel, which houses western diplomats and is frequented by journalists and business guests, was hit by several rounds of anti-aircraft gunfire, which caused some damage including shattered glass windows.

Hotel staff and guests were led to the basement during the heavy fighting in the vicinity.


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