A street damaged by fighting in the neighbourhood of Ghot al-Chaâl in western Tripoli. Photo shared on Twitter by @AliTweel.
The ongoing fighting between rival militias in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, has forced thousands to flee the country and prompted a number of embassies and international companies to evacuate their staff. The residents of Tripoli left behind live in constant fear of bombings, abductions, and food and petrol shortages.
The fighting that broke out in Tripoli in mid-July pits Islamist militants from the city of Misrata against the Kaâkaâ and al-Saouek brigades from the city of Zintan. The fighters use heavy artillery and have been fighting to gain control of Tripoli’s airport, which is held by the brigades from Zintan.
Damage to the al-Honi mosque, in Ghot al-Chaâl.
On Tuesday, the violence intensified in the western part of Tripoli in the Ghot al-Chaâl and al-Drebe neighbourhoods, where at least five civilians were killed. The same day, Tripoli’s chief of police, Colonel Al-Souissi, was assassinated by an unknown group of masked men that opened fire on his vehicle. The following day, the Libyan parliament asked the international community to intervene in Tripoli and Benghazi to protect the civilian population. Benghazi, in eastern Libya, has also suffered from severe violence.
Funeral for the police chief of Tripoli, Colonel Al-Souissi, who was assassinated by an armed group on March 12. Photo published on Facebook.
To date, two hundred people have died in the clashes. This marks the largest spurt of violence since former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.
Houses damaged by the fighting in Ghot al-Chaâl. Photo shared on Twitter by @AliTweel.