Fierce clashes in Libya's Tripoli leave 2 wounded, protestors burn Benghazi

Published November 5th, 2013 - 01:07 GMT
Clashes between Misrata brigade members and security officials at a Tripoli checkpoint left two wounded Tuesday (Ismail Zitouny/Reuters)
Clashes between Misrata brigade members and security officials at a Tripoli checkpoint left two wounded Tuesday (Ismail Zitouny/Reuters)

Fierce clashes between former rebels and security authorities at a checkpoint in Tripoli left two people wounded Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse. Protestors in Benghazi also burned several parts of the coastal city to demand the resignation of the current government this week, according to Reuters.


Security officials told AFP that the fighting at the Tripoli checkpoint began after the authorities stopped a car with tinted windows. The passengers included members of a rebel brigade from Misrata. Upon stopping, fighting ensued between the two groups, leaving the Misrata brigade leader wounded. During the 2011 uprising that led to Gaddafi's overthrow, Misrata witnessed some of the most fatal clashes reducing the coastal city to ruins. According to the AFP report, gunfire continued for more than three hours in the capital city, as various militias fired "warning shots" to "maintain pressure" on security personnel.


In Benghazi, protestors took to the streets Monday night to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and the parliament after the recent bomb killing of an intelligence officer and his daughter. The protestors burned and vandalized several parts of the city.
The post-Gaddafi era in Libya has been characterized by chaos and corruption and Libya's interim government attempts to maintain national order while local  militias fight for land and local power in their respective territories.


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