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Clashes erupt in Libya’s capital as newly-approved govt enters

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 18th May, 2022 04:45:37 PM
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Clashes erupted in different parts of Libya’s capital Tripoli after the parliament-approved government, headed by Fathi Bashagha, entered the city, forcing the new Prime Minister to leave the capital just hours after the arrival, IANS reported.

The violence took place on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bashagha, accompanied by a number of Ministers, arrived in Tripoli “in preparation for the start of his government’s work there,” according to a statement by the new government’s information office.

Shortly afterward, clashes erupted across central Tripoli between armed groups affiliated with Bashagha’s government and others supported by the provisional Government of National Unity headed by Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, according to local residents.

No information is available about casualties yet.

 “The residents of the capital Tripoli were surprised today to see an illegal armed group attempting to sneak into Tripoli at night, desperately trying to spread panic and chaos with the use of weapons and violence,” the Government of National Unity said in a statement.

Libya has been suffering political instability and chaos ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.