The Libyan Civil War has calmed down considerably since the death of Moammar Gadhafi and the conquest of Sirte. But new fighting erupted today in a hospital in Tripoli, where hundreds of fighters from different rebel factions engaged in a massive gunbattle which locals say was related to long-standing rivalries.
“Its all about personal acts of revenge. If there is no stability and security, people will turn against the council,” warned one former Libyan soldier. The fighters in this clash were said to have included a militia from Zintan which arrived at the hospital in hopes of executing one of the patients. They fought Tripoli forces after getting into a fight with doctors.
Revenge violence has become a part of the everyday reality of Libya since the National Transitional Council’s (NTC’s) capture of Tripoli, and while the NTC insists it doesn’t approve of such attacks they also appear unable to prevent them.
Questions about the US-backed NTC only appear to be growing, with an al-Qaeda flag reportedly flying in the center of Benghazi, the NTC’s de facto capital. The White House insisted that nothing that was happening in Libya was a “surprise” to US forces.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- France Remains Committed to Iran Nuclear Deal - February 19th, 2018
- Russian FM Slams Calls to Halt Idlib Offensive - February 19th, 2018
- Turkish Officials Hope to Resolve Manbij Issues With Dialogue With US - February 19th, 2018
- Strikes Kill Scores in Syria's Eastern Ghouta in the Past 24 Hours - February 19th, 2018
- Israel Arming at Least Seven Syrian Rebel Groups - February 19th, 2018