Escalation of tensions in Tripoli: AU reacts
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Escalation of tensions in Tripoli: AU reacts

After Monday night’s events in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, local media reported a death toll of 55 and 126 injured, including civilians as well as members of the security forces.

Indeed, Monday was the scene of violent clashes in some areas of Tripoli between Brigade 444 and Special Deterrence Forces. This conflict started after the special forces arrested the brigade commander.

A day after the clashes, the Ministry of Interior announced that the conflicting groups had agreed to a ceasefire, which was achieved “thanks to the efforts of the prime minister and the elders of Tripoli”. At a meeting held on Wednesday, Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah expressed his disapproval the “return of hostilities” within the country. He emphasized that this continuation of fighting is unacceptable and that the state will not tolerate irresponsible behavior. The government also issued a statement through its press office, emphasizing the importance of cooperation with all security agencies to strengthen stability.

As announced by the Ministry of the Interior, the clashes ended on Tuesday, when the warring parties agreed to a ceasefire, this time “after the efforts of the prime minister and the elders of Tripoli”.

For its part, the African Union (AU) expressed deep concern over the development of the security situation in Tripoli and made an urgent appeal for an immediate end to all hostilities.

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In a statement published on Thursday, the chairman of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, confirms “with great concern the monitoring of the development of the security situation in Tripoli which has resulted in numerous losses of human life and many more wounded”.

It should also be noted that Libya has been plagued by episodes of violence and instability since the fall of its former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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