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Calm Returns to Libya’s Zawiya after Night of Clashes


Mon 24 Apr 2023 | 08:20 PM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

According to the Ambulance and Emergency Service, armed factions in Zawiya, a city in northwest Libya, have stopped fighting after confrontations broke out overnight and resulted in the deaths of four individuals.

The armed groups engaged in combat near the city's entrance and in neighbouring residential areas. Both are apparently connected to the Government of National Unity in Tripoli.

A safe exit from their homes was created by rescue crews from the Ambulance and Emergency Service for thirty families.

After many requests for a cease-fire from health services, who asked for a truce to aid evacuate residents trapped in areas of conflict, the warring sides have come to an agreement to stop fighting, the Libya Red Crescent's office in Zawiya confirmed today.

The Red Crescent requested assistance from the security forces in the evacuation efforts. Additionally, it said that neither civilians nor medical personnel should be targeted.

Like other Libyan cities, Zawiya has experienced armed groups clashing for control and influence ever since Libya descended into security unrest following the 2011 civil war that led to Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow. These armed groups have benefited from the security situation by smuggling drugs, oil, and human beings.

Armed factions clashed in the city earlier this month, injuring three individuals and harming bystanders in the process. The largest oil refinery in Libya, Zawiya, with a daily capacity of up to 120,000 barrels, was also harmed by the unrest.