Tripoli: A Libyan Health Ministry official
says at least 50 people have been killed in two days of tribal clashes in a southern city.
The battles underlined the fragile nature of Libya after the fall of longtime leader Moammar Gaddafi last year. The new government has been unable to impose its authority, and Libya
is ruled instead by squabbling tribes and militias.
Libyan Health Ministry official Abdul-Rahman al-Hasnawy
said today most of the 50 died from gunshot and shrapnel
wounds. He said about 160 people have been wounded, and some
were transferred to other cities for treatment.
The clashes in Sabha, about 650 kilometres south of the
capital, Tripoli, erupted yesterday after a man from the Tabu
tribe allegedly killed a member of the Abu Seif tribe.