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Libya: fighting breaks out again in Tripoli

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Libya: fighting breaks out again in Tripoli


Battles have broken out in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, between revolutionary fighters and supporters of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi. It is the first time the two sides have clashed there since Gaddafi was forced to leave. The trouble reportedly began when loyalists attempted to raise the old green flag – a symbol of Gaddafi’s regime. This led to a fierce gun battle in the Nasr District of the Abu Salim neighbourhood.

Meanwhile the former Gaddafi stronghold and his hometown, Sirte, is now a city scarred by weeks of fierce assaults, as the National Transitional Council’s troops attempt to defeat those who fight on in Gaddafi’s name. Many buildings have been destroyed, with the loyalists hanging on wherever they can, despite being almost beaten.

People continue to be wounded as the new government’s offensive persists and the loyalists desperately hang on.

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