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Uneasy calm returns after clashes in Bani Walid

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Uneasy calm returns after clashes in Bani Walid

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Bullet-scarred and abandoned buildings bear testament to the battle for Bani Walid, the last Libyan stronghold of Muammar Gaddafi.

Calm has once again returned to the city amid reports pro-Gaddafi elements tried to regain their grip. The National Transitional Council has called the clashes “limited local incidents.”

Yet the violence south of the capital is also symptomatic of popular protests against the country’s new rulers.

Despite the interim government’s efforts to play down the fighting, there appears to be growing discontent over the pace of reforms and the allocation of resources to cover basic needs.

Most Libyans still back their new rulers, but some want all Gaddafi-era officials sacked and more transparency in how national assets are being spent.