07 Sep 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on Libya


Libya to reopen airport in Tripoli amid cease-fire
The Washington Post, 06 Sep 2018

Libya says it will reopen the capital’s only functioning airport, closed a week ago amid clashes between rival militias. Mitiga International airport said Thursday that flights will resume starting Friday after a cease-fire was brokered to end the fighting that killed 66 people and wounded 187. The clashes in Tripoli erupted last week when militias from Tarhouna, a town south of Tripoli, attacked southern neighborhoods of the capital, prompting militias supporting the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli to come to the city’s defense.

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UN: Ceasefire agreement reached to end Tripoli fighting
Al Jazeera, 04 Sep 2018

 The United Nations' mission in Libya says rival armed groups in Tripoli have reached a ceasefire agreement to end heavy fighting that has rocked the capital for more than a week. The announcement on Tuesday came after Libyan authorities said that the death toll from the violence had risen to at least 61. Scores of people were also wounded.

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Libya's chaos explained: 'Everybody vying for a piece of the pie'
Al Jazeera, 03 Sep 2018

Renewed clashes between rival armed groups in Tripoli have plunged Libya in yet deeper chaos, casting serious doubt as to whether the war-wracked country is ready to hold planned elections later this year. On August 27, fierce fighting erupted in the capital's southern districts after the Seventh Brigade, an armed group based in Tarhouna, 65km southeast of Tripoli, launched a surprise offensive against rival militias.

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