Libya’s parliament chief has ordered Islamist-led militias to deploy in the capital Tripoli.
It is a bid to impose control after Sunday’s storming of the assembly building by forces loyal to a renegade general.
The turmoil has provoked US concern with marines on standby to evacuate Americans from its embassy in Tripoli.
General Khalifa Hifter who planned the assault on the parliamentary building is vowing to crush Islamist militias whom he accuses of seizing control of the country.
On Monday, the head of special forces in second city Benghazi declared his backing for Haftar’s group.