8 Sudanese nationals killed, 2 injured in Libya’s Tripoli clashes

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Jul 30th, 2014
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July 29, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese embassy in Tripoli said that eight Sudanese nationals were killed and two others injured in clashes between armed militias which took place in Al-Karimea neighbourhood in the Libyan capital.

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African travellers go through security at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport late on July 22, 2014 after clashes between rival militias closed down Tripoli international airport (Photo AFP/Mahmud Turkia)

Three year after the fall of Gaddafi regime, un controlled former rebel factions continue to wage war against each other as anarchy sweeps across the north African country.

Earlier this week, the United Nations announced it was withdrawing all its staff from Libya. Foreign diplomatic missions have evacuated their staffs and ordered their citizens to leave.

Al-Karimia neighbourhood, which is located near Tripoli airport, has recently witnessed heavy fighting that killed over hundred people prompting the civil aviation authority to announce closure of the Libyan airspace by August first.

The Sudanese embassy in Tripoli pointed that large efforts are underway to facilitate return of the Sudanese nationals stranded at the airport.

Ashrooq TV reported ongoing contacts between the embassy and the Secretariat of Sudanese Working Abroad (SSWA) to evacuate those stranded at Mitiga airport.

The embassy also called upon its nationals to move away from areas of armed clashes for their own safety.

The head of the SSWA, Hag Magid Swar, stressed that at least 10 Sudanese nationals were killed and others severely injured when a rocket hit Al-Krimea residential area.

The SSWA emergency committee, in a meeting chaired by Swar, discussed the issue of evacuating Sudanese nationals who are stranded in some Libyan airports and land crossings.

Libya’s interim government warned of growing dangers to civilians from a large and spreading fire in a fuel depot near Tripoli’s international airport, which was sparked by fighting in the area between militias armed with heavy weapons.

It said in a statement on Monday that the fire could trigger a “humanitarian and environmental disaster” in Tripoli, appealing for “international help” to extinguish the fires.

Libyan TV stations called upon residents to evacuate areas near the airport. Social networking sites posted images of billowing black smoke over Tripoli skyline.

The battle for control of the airport began two weeks ago when Islamist-led militias who are mostly from the western city of Misrata launched a surprise assault on the airport, under control of rival militias from the western mountain town of Zintan.

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