Libyan authorities reveal that fighting between rival armed groups in the capital of Tripoli has flared up again, four months after a UN-brokered cease-fire. According to the spokesperson for Tripoli-based Health Ministry, Malek Merset, the clash left one person dead and 17 others wounded on January 16.
A previous round of fighting, which erupted in August last year, killed at least 96 people, including civilians. The UN mission has warned against any breach of the cease-fire, brokered in September. The fighting between militias allied to the UN-backed government in Tripoli and an armed group from a nearby town underscores Libya's lingering lawlessness since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi. Libya is governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country's east, each of which is backed by an array of militias.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has today strongly condemned the recent military mobilisation of militias in southern Tripoli. It said it is monitoring the situation closely. It warned parties against any breach of the Zawia ceasefire agreement concluded on 4 and 9 September 2018.
UNSMIL's condemnation comes on the back of reports of mobilization by the Tarhuna-based 7th Infantry Kani Brigade confronting the Tripoli-based Tripoli Protection Force (TPF) in the Gaser Benghashir district of south Tripoli. The TPF was announced in December 2018 and is a coalition of the four main Tripoli militias (The Tripoli Revolutionaries' Brigade (TRB); Abusleem Deterence and Rapid Intervention Force; the Nawasi 8th Force; and the Bab Tajura brigade).