Libya PM says truce agreed after desert clashes

Libya`s transitional government head Abdel Rahim al-Kib announced that a ceasefire deal has been struck between tribes.

Tripoli: Libya`s transitional government head
Abdel Rahim al-Kib on Saturday announced that a ceasefire deal has
been struck between tribes at Sabha in the south after almost
a week of deadly clashes.

"We announce that reconciliation efforts have resulted in
an accord on a ceasefire," Kib said, adding that "calm now
prevails in Sabha" following six days of tribal fighting that
resulted in the deaths of nearly 100 people.

"Now the situation is calm, and defence ministry forces
are securing strategic zones and installations, notably the
airport," said Yussef al-Mangush, chief of staff of the new
Libyan national army that is currently being formed.

Kib and Mangush were speaking at a joint news conference
in the capital.

At least 16 people were reported killed today alone in and
around the oasis city before the truce deal was announced,
eight on either side.

The fighting between Toubou fighters and Arab tribesmen
erupted on Monday after Arab tribesmen accused the Toubou of
killing one of their people.

PTI

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