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Nearly 50 Dead in Renewed Libya Fighting

Smoke rises near buildings after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli July 20, 2014.Smoke rises near buildings after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli July 20, 2014.
Smoke rises near buildings after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli July 20, 2014.
Smoke rises near buildings after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli July 20, 2014.
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Almost 50 people are now dead in the heavy fighting for control of Tripoli International Airport after a cease-fire two days ago failed to keep the peace on Sunday.

The battle between Islamist-led fighters from Misrata and Zintan rebels for control of the airport has spilled over into the surrounding areas and is said to be the worst fighting in Libya since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Thousands of people have fled their homes, as the armed groups exchanged fire from guns, anti-aircraft cannons and rockets. Many residents are said to be trapped by the fighting.

The United Nations pulled its staff out of Libya last week because of security concerns.

There have been no international flights at the Tripoli airport since last Monday and some aviation experts believe the airport will be closed for months because of extensive damage inflicted by the fighting.

The militias involved in the airport conflict are loosely aligned with the liberal and Islamist political factions vying for control of Libya's parliament, the National General Congress.

Results of recent parliamentary elections were to be announced Sunday, but were postponed until Monday.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s military said that on Saturday militants attacked a checkpoint on country's border with Libya, killing at least 21 soldiers.

Libya has been in turmoil as the country’s new government has not been able to control militias who helped oust Gadhafi, but now defy state authority.


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by: meanbill from: USA
July 20, 2014 10:52 PM
US President Barack Obama "quote" said it in 2011... "We've protected thousands of people in Libya; We have not seen a single US casualty; There's no risk of additional escalation. This operation is limited in time and in scope."

PLEASE, somebody tell this US President Barack Obama, (who seems not to have a clue), that his 2011 actions in Libya in helping kill Qaddafi and sons, and helping arm and train the Libyan militias to fight Qaddafi, has led to this unbelievable lawless violence, killings, destruction and warring militias, that have been killing tens of thousands of innocent people every year, since 2011...... The whole Islamic world is erupting in chaos and violence, and America is led by Obama, who hasn't a clue, on what's going on anywhere?

by: ali baba from: new york
July 20, 2014 10:05 PM
Libya was build up by Gadhafi and it is going to destroy within one year. thanks of Muslim extremist . By trick and deception , and liar, Muslim extremist are able to overthrown Gaddafi ,from that date the country in chaos and civil war will put an end for a country that oil revenue allow Gadhafi to give Libyan people the most generous warfare system in the globe. .he build the country . this can not give the extremist the satisfaction . then they conspire against him .now it is war

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