A ceasefire is said to be holding in the remote Libyan town of Sabha where a local tribal dispute has left 150 dead and hundreds wounded.
After some of the worst fighting since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, many of the injured were transported to the Libyan capital for treatment as the local hospital was overwhelmed.
The violence pitted members of the Tibu ethnic group who have links with neighbouring Chad against Sabha Arab militias who see the Tibu as outsiders.
The truce was negotiated by Libya’s ruling National Council but the clashes reflect its fragile authority in the face of a patchwork of local rivalries particulary in the isolated settlements that dot the southern desert.
Restoring order in Sabha is not the council’s only problem – a seperate incident flared up on Sunday near the border with Tunisia, pointing up more of the ethnic faultlines which are threatening Libya’s stability.