Libyan MPs ask for international intervention for civilians
Violent clashes between competing militia have rocked Tripoli and Benghazi residents as Libya's interim government struggles to gain control. (AFP/File)
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As Tripoli and Benghazi fall deeper into violent clashes between rival militias, a majorty of Libya's MPs voted Wednesday to call for international humanitarian aid for civilians caught in the crossfire, according to the AFP.
Abu Bakr Biira said 111 out of Libya's 124 deputies have agreed upon a "resolution calling on the international community to intervene quickly to protect civilians of Libya."
Violence in Libya's two major cities has spiked sporadically since the take-down of Moammar Gadhafi's long-standing regime in 2011. Internim authorities have struggled to stave off militia groups who previously fought to oust Gadhafi and are now vying for control of major Libyan facilities. Groups have attacked several large targets, including the international airport in Tripoli.
The Paliament on June 25 and has conducted meetings in Tobruk to address the continued inter-malitia fighting threatening civilians. The plea for international assistance follows a Tuesday incident in Tripoli, when militiamen killed police chief Col. Mohammad al-Suissi and briefly took hostage two bodyguards.
While Biira emphasized the Parliament's hope for the international community to intervene and protect citizens, it was not clear what specific foreign actions were sought.