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Aug 4, 2014

Libya’s new parliament calls for unity, militia factions battle on

TRIPOLI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Libya’s newly elected parliament
called for national unity at its first formal session on Monday,
as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country
struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of
Muammar Gaddafi.

Even as the new House of Representatives met, heavy
artillery and rocket fire hit parts of southern and western
Tripoli, where Islamist-leaning Misrata brigades are fighting to
oust rival Zintani militias from the international airport.

Aug 4, 2014

Libya’s new parliament opens, militia factions battle on

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s newly elected parliament held its first formal session on Monday as rival armed factions continued to battle for dominance of a country that was a dictatorship for decades before Muammar Gaddafi’s fall three years ago.

Lawmakers gathered in a heavily guarded hotel in the eastern city of Tobruk after three weeks of fighting in Tripoli and in Benghazi had made the capital and the country’s second city unsafe for the parliament session.

Aug 4, 2014

More than 20 killed as Libya factions fight to control airport

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s government said more than 20 people had been killed in the latest battles between factions seeking to control Tripoli airport on Sunday, while fighting led to a huge fire raging nearby at the city’s fuel depot.

Rival factions allied to brigades from the towns of Misrata and Zintan have been fighting for nearly three weeks over control of the capital’s airport in the worst violence since the 2011 NATO-backed civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Aug 3, 2014

Libyan factions keep fighting over airport, more than 20 killed

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s government said 22 people had been killed in the latest battles between armed factions to control Tripoli airport, and fighting left a huge fire raging on Sunday at gas tanks at the city’s fuel depot.

The factions have been fighting for nearly three weeks to gain control of Tripoli airport in the worst violence since the 2011 civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Aug 1, 2014

Insight – Town vs town, faction vs faction as Libya descends into ‘hurricane’

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Booms of outgoing artillery shaking the ground, militia fighters from the remote Libyan mountain town of Zintan hunker down in the passenger terminal to defend Tripoli airport, the biggest prize in the capital.

Across the city a few kilometres away, a commander of a brigade from the port city of Misrata rallies his men to take the airport back.

Jul 31, 2014

Town vs. town, faction vs. faction as Libya descends into ‘hurricane’

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Booms of outgoing artillery shaking the ground, militia fighters from the remote Libyan mountain town of Zintan hunker down in the passenger terminal to defend Tripoli airport, the biggest prize in the capital.

Across the city a few kilometers away, a commander of a brigade from the port city of Misrata rallies his men to take the airport back.

Jul 31, 2014

Heavy shelling, clashes spread in Libya’s Tripoli

TRIPOLI, July 31 (Reuters) – Clashes with artillery and
rockets spread on Thursday into two Tripoli districts, where
rival militia brigades were battling over the airport in Libya’s
worst fighting since the 2011 revolt that ousted Muammar
Gaddafi.

Nearly 200 people have been killed since the violence
erupted two weeks ago in Tripoli and also in the eastern city of
Benghazi, where a coalition of Islamist militants and former
rebels has overrun a major army base in the city.

Jul 28, 2014

Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos

TRIPOLI, July 28 (Reuters) – A huge fuel depot in Libya’s
capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting
between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos
three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar
Gaddafi.

Combat over control of the nearby airport forced
firefighters to withdraw, abandoning their attempts to
extinguish the blaze ignited by a missile strike that hit
millions of litres of fuel.

Jul 28, 2014

Rocket ignites blaze near Tripoli airport, Libya in chaos

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A rocket hit a fuel storage tank in a chaotic battle for Tripoli airport that has all but closed off international flights to Libya, leaving fire-fighters struggling to extinguish a giant conflagration.

Foreign governments have looked on powerless as anarchy sweeps across the North African oil producer, three years after NATO bombardment helped topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi. They have urged nationals to leave Libya and have pulled diplomats out after two weeks of clashes among rival factions killed nearly 160 people in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.

Jul 26, 2014

U.S. evacuates Libya embassy after ‘free-wheeling’ militia violence

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving its staff under heavy military guard across the border to Tunisia after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli.

Security in the Libyan capital has deteriorated following two weeks of fighting between brigades of former rebel fighters who have exchanged rocket, cannon and artillery fire in southern Tripoli near the embassy compound.

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      "Patrick Markey is the Senior Andean Correspondent for Reuters, based in Bogota, Colombia. For the last nine years he has covered and helped manage coverage across the Andean region, including Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. He has also reported on top stories across Latin America, including more recently the Honduras coup and Haiti's earthquake."
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