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article imageViolence continues in Libya both in Tripoli and Benghazi

By Ken Hanly     Nov 15, 2013 in World
Tripoli - Although reports of those killed vary it seems as if at least six people have been killed as they demonstrated against protesters calling on armed groups to leave Tripoli.
The government had called for demonstrations against militias and during weekly prayers many imams also called for demonstrations after Friday prayers. The militia groups refuse to disarm and often challenge the authority of the central government. Some have their own jails.
Hundreds of people carrying white flags as a sign of peace as well as the Libyan national flag and singing the national anthem gathered together in Tripoli's Meliana Square. They then marched to headquarters of the Misrata militia but then gunmen opened fire on the protest.
As well as six killed Al Jazeera reported 50 were wounded. Another report claims that at least 13 people were killed and 130 wounded. Yet a third report, reported only one killed. The militia have consistently rejected demands from the central government and protesters that they disarm. The government has often tried to neutralize the militia by hiring them for security creating even more problems. Only weeks ago one militia group kidnapped the prime minister Ali Zeidan for a few hours.
Protesters at first fled after they were attacked but then they returned armed themselves. They stormed the gated buildings where the militia from the town of Misrata were holed up. Soldiers came in army trucks to try to separate the crowds from the militia. They also sealed off roads to prevent more from either side to enter the area. Heavy smoke was seen rising up from the area.
There was violence also in eastern Libya in the city of Benghazi. The violence in these cases was directed at central government officials. Eastern Libya recently declared itself autonomous and even started its own oil company. The targets in Benghazi were an air force chaplain, a former police officer, and a soldier. Rebel militias dominate Benghazi.
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