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Militias on the rise : Fierce fighting between the government and Haftar's forces near Tripoli

In the vicinity of the Libyan capital Tripoli have supplied Pro-government militias on Friday in heavy fighting with troops of the renegade General Khalifa Haftar. The fighting took place, according to the government instead of circles, less than 50 kilometers South of Tripoli. Haftars so-called Libyan National army (LNA) spoke of the "fierce Fighting" with the militias in Tripoli.

Haftar had ordered on Thursday of its LNA, the capital advance. First of all, the rise seems to have stopped. A government militia from the town of Sawija have pushed back Haftars units in the night to Friday, an important control point to the West of Tripoli, was reported security sources in Tripoli.

in Order to prevent a military confrontation, had met UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Friday with Haftar. A representative of Haftars Libyan National army (LNA) confirmed the Meeting, but made no indications as to the content of the conversation.

Since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, African country, Chaos reigns in the North. The government in Tripoli is weak and has large parts of the country under control. Haftar is the strong man in the East of Libya, and supports with its troops there based counter-government to the Fajes al Sarradsch-led unity government.

Video 05.04.2019, 11:05 Uhr00:56 Min.Libya: the rise of militia apparently

The UN security Council in New York will come together on Friday, behind closed doors, stopped. UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who is currently in Libya, called on at a press conference in Tripoli, the end of all movements of troops and de-escalation. "There are in Libya, not a military solution. The solution must be political."

The Libyan General Khalifa HaftarFoto: dpa

In Washington published a joint statement of the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. "Our governments are against any military action in Libya and any Libyan group be accountable, the other conflict causes," it said in the statement.

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The EU warned the military mobilization and the escalation of rhetoric in Libya threatened to go on an "uncontrollable confrontation". At the end of February, the UN had declared Haftar and al Sarradsch had agreed on the holding of a parliamentary election. The last, for 10. December 2018, the scheduled elections had been postponed due to the fragile situation in the country. (AFP)

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