32 dead, 159 injured in Tripoli clashes over power struggle


The calm returned to Tripoli on Sunday after clashes between armed groups in the Libyan capital. From Friday to Saturday evening, heavy gunfire and bombing rained down in several neighborhoods, raising fears of a new war. They left 32 people dead and 159 injured.

 The cause of these clashes? The political situation in Libya, where since the death of President Gaddafi, several factions have been fighting for power. Two governments have been tearing each other apart since March: the government set up in Tripoli, headed by Abdelhamid Dbeibah, but another man declares himself Prime Minister, Fathi Bachagha, supported by the camp of Marshal Haftar, the strongman in the east. It was this second group, that of Fathi Bachaga, that tried to overthrow the Dbeibah government in Tripoli. And this is the second time he tries to dislodge by force, without success, his rival.

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