Tripoli: Libyan officials say 22 people have
been killed in clashes between Arab and ethnic Berber tribal
fighters from two rival western towns despite attempts to
broker a cease-fire.
The fighting erupted over the weekend between the
Arab-majority town of Ragdalein and the Berber-dominated town
of Zwara. The neighbouring towns are located about 110
kilometres from the capital Tripoli.
Local Ragdalein official Rami Kaanan says 17 fighters and
town residents have been killed in fighting on Tuesday,
including two women and one infant.
Zwara spokesman Adel Kashbour says five people from his
side have been killed and 49 wounded.
Their clashes are the latest in a series of local
rivalries that threaten to divide Libya along tribal and