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Rival militia clashes in Libya takes death toll to 47

Associated Press | Cairo | Posted: July 21, 2014 2:07 pm

Libya’s Health Ministry says clashes between rival militias fighting for control of the international airport in the capital, Tripoli, have killed 47 people over the past 24 hours.

The ministry said on its website late Sunday that the fighting also left 120 people wounded. It also says it hasn’t yet received all casualty reports.

The weeklong battle over the airport is being waged by a powerful militia from the western city of Zintan, which controls the facility, and Islamist-led militias, including fighters from Misrata, east of Tripoli.

The clashes resumed Sunday after cease-fire efforts failed.

Libya is going through one of its worst spasms of violence since the 2011 ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Rival militias have forced a weeklong closure of gas stations and government offices.

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