Thursday, January 03, 2013

Fresh Clashes Kill Two in Southern Libya

Fresh tribal clashes kill two in south Libya

Thu Jan 3, 2013 12:29AM GMT

Fresh fighting between two Libyan rival tribes in the southern oasis of Sabha has left two people dead, a local official says.

"Two people were killed in clashes today," said on Wednesday Ayub al-Zarroug president of the local council of Sabha.

Zarroug said that “the army is now in control of the situation” after the fighting broke out between the Gaddadfa and Awlad Suleiman tribesmen over “a personal problem.”

Tribal clashes claimed the lives of hundreds of people in southern Libya last year.

The government, which is trying to provide better security for the oil- and gas-rich desert region, slapped martial law on the south and ordered the closure of land borders with Chad, Niger, Sudan and Algeria in December.

Members of the country’s General National Congress from the southern regions had boycotted the assembly’s sessions earlier this month in protest against the deteriorating lawlessness in the region.

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