Libyan armed factions fought in the western outskirts of Tripoli late on Friday and early Saturday as forces aligned with Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh’s government further consolidated their control over the capital.
Fighting took place in Warshafala, a district west of Tripoli that has been the site of repeated clashes throughout the 11 years of violence and chaos since a NATO-backed uprising ousted veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi.
According to Tripoli’s Ambulance and Emergency Service, five people, all from the same family, were wounded in the aftermath of the clashes.
The clashes, along with a major pro-Dbeibah group taking over a military headquarters in southern Tripoli, come a week after Libya’s biggest bout of warfare for two years, as several rival factions battled in and around the capital.
Last week’s fighting dislodged several groups that had aligned with Dbeibah’s rival as prime minister – the former interior minister Fathi Bashagha who has been appointed by the eastern-based parliament to head a new government.