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New clashes in Libya

17 November 2013, 15:48

Tripoli - Fresh clashes erupted in Tripoli on Saturday as the death toll from a shootout at an anti-militia protest rose to 43 and the weak, post-revolutionary government appealed for restraint.

More than 450 people were wounded when Friday's protest sparked clashes in the capital between militias that continued overnight, Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who was briefly abducted by militiamen last month in an incident that underscored growing instability, appealed for "restraint and a halt to the clashes," warning that "the coming hours and days will be decisive for the history of Libya".

Late Saturday, local authorities in Tripoli announced a "three-day general strike in all public and private sectors starting Sunday" in response to the violence.



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