47 killed in clashes between Libya’s rival militias

July 22, 2014 5:38 PM

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47 killed in clashes between Libya’s rival militias

CAIRO: Clashes between rival Libyan militias fighting for control of the capital’s international airport killed 47 people over the last week, Libya’s Health Ministry said, as violence in an eastern city killed five.

The weeklong battle in Tripoli began when Islamist-led militias--mostly from the western city of Misrata -- launched a surprise assault on the airport, under control of rival militias from the western mountain town of Zintan.The clashes resumed on Sunday after ceasefire efforts failed.

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