Rival militias have exchanged gunfire in central Tripoli, highlighting the volatility of the country three months after Muammar Gaddafi’s death.
It is reported that the gunbattle involved both light and heavy weapons and continued for around 40 minutes.
The gunshots could be heard coming from the El-Saadi beach district of the capital.
Interior Ministry troops blocked off part of the beach, but appeared not to intervene.
Authorities say the fighting involved groups from Misrata and Zintan.
It is not the first time violence has broken out between former rebels, last October clashes occured outside the National Transitional Council buildings in the capital.
The NTC is having difficulty imposing its authority on the country post Gaddafi as it struggles to form a functioning police force and army.