Libya’s Presidential Council vows to deescalate Tripoli clashes

The Deputy Head of the Presidential Council, Abdullah Al-Lafi, has said that they are meeting with the Chief of the General Staff and other military officials of the Libyan Army in order to halt the ongoing fighting in the Libyan capital.

Al-Lafi added on Tuesday, as clashes raged on, that the Presidential Council started contacting the warring sides: the Special Deterrence Force (SDF) and Brigade 444, in order to to put an end to the fighting, explaining that “the two sides had shown signs of positivity toward ending the chaos.”

Clashes broke out in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Monday between two heavily-armed factions: the Special Deterrence Force (SDF) and Brigade 444 – both affiliated with the Government of National Unity (GNU) – over the arrest of the 444’s commander Mahmoud Hamza at Mitiga Airport in Tripoli by the SDF (also known as Radaa).

The spokesman for the Emergency and Ambulance Apparatus Osama Ali has told Libya Alahrar TV channel that there are over 20 injuries among civilians and military fighters. Ali explained that the Apparatus evacuated 26 families from areas of clashes, adding that the teams couldn’t reach other families who were located within heavy clashes zones.


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