Libya: media, anarchy in Tripoli over failed coup

Kobler, 'saddened by news of civilian victims'

17 October, 14:26

    Khalifa Ghwell, the 'rebel' Libyan premier hostile to the unity government of Fayez Sarraj, in a freeze-frame from a video posted on YouTube on April 1, 2016 Khalifa Ghwell, the 'rebel' Libyan premier hostile to the unity government of Fayez Sarraj, in a freeze-frame from a video posted on YouTube on April 1, 2016

    CAIRO - Situation of ''anarchy'' in Tripoli after the failed coup last Friday against Fayez al Sarraj by ex-premier Khalifa Ghwell of the then-Islamist cabinet. According to the website of the Libya Herald, yesterday clashes were reported in the city and violence also affected a refugee camp in the area of Fallah near the road to the airport, with a toll of at least one woman killed and six other people, including a child, wounded. The hotel Rixos - which was stormed Friday night by Islamist militias led by Ghwell - are allegedly surrounded by heavily armed units faithful to the ex-premier.

    UN envoy for Libya Martin Kobler tweeted that he was saddened by reports of civilian victims, including children, in Tripoli and Benina, saying his thoughts and prayers went to the families of victims and that only unity will save Libya.

    The situation is further complicated by the fact that last night the presidential guard of the national unity government of Sarraj, supported by the UN, announced it is supporting the only legitimate and constitutional government, that of ex-premier Ghwell, added the website Libyan Express.

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