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Violence Breaks Out in Libya’s Capital Between Opposing Militias

Libyan forces are deployed in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Yousef Murad)
Libyan forces are deployed in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Yousef Murad)

Deadly clashes broke out Saturday in Libya’s capital between militias backed by its two rival administrations, portending a return to violence amid a long political stalemate.

At least 13 civilians were killed and over 95 wounded, the Health Ministry said. It added that 64 families were evacuated from areas around the fighting.

The escalation threatens to shatter the relative calm Libya has enjoyed for most of the past two years. The oil-rich nation plunged into chaos following a NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed longtime autocrat Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Among the fatalities was Mustafa Baraka, a comedian known for his social media videos mocking militias and corruption. Baraka died after he was shot in his chest, according to Malek Merset, an emergency services spokesman.

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