Militias stream into Libya capital

May 22, 2014 8:05 PM

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Militias stream into Libya capital

The militias, known as Libya Central Shield, are composed of groups from the western city of Misrata. They are under the command of the country's chief of staff, who answers to parliament.

The force was deployed by an order from the head of parliament to protect the capital, after the council came under attack by forces allied with General Khalifa Hifter. The Islamist-dominated legislature has described Gen Hifter's campaign as a coup.

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