The violence ceased after a ceasefire, but the tension remains latent.
Clashes between two powerful militias in Tripoli have left at least 55 dead and 146 injured, according to the Center for Emergency Medicine and Support. They are the worst clashes in the Libyan capital in a year.
According to said organization, 234 families and dozens of foreign doctors and nurses had to be evacuated from areas in the south of Tripoli, where the 444 Brigade and the al-Radaa Force clashed. Three field hospitals and some sixty ambulances were mobilized to help the wounded and evacuate civilians.
Fierce fighting, which broke out on Monday and ceased on Tuesday night, forced the closure of the city’s main airport. The violence only subsided after one side released the commander of a rival faction whose arrest had sparked the fighting.
Libya has been in political chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.
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