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Dozens dead as militias battle for power in Libya

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Dozens dead as militias battle for power in Libya

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Dozens of people have been killed in Libya this weekend amid the worst violence since the 2011 war that ousted long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi

With the central government unable to impose order, rival militias are exchanging rocket and artillery fire in Tripoli in all-out combat for control of the capital’s main airport.

Fighting is raging in other cites too, including Benghazi, where at least 38 people have been killed in clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants.

Several countries have urged their citizens to leave Libya.

A British embassy convoy came under fire on Sunday in an attempted carjacking in Tripoli. No-one was hurt.

Turkey has suspended operations at its embassy and the US, whose ambassador was killed by militants in Benghazi in 2012, has closed its embassy in the capital.