Armed groups clash in Zawiyya

Sep 25, 2022 | Libyan actors

Beginning on 25 September and continuing until dawn on 26 September, clashes broke out between forces affiliated with the Commander of the Sila Brigade, Othman al-Lahab, and the Commander of the Al Jisr Investigation Unit of the Zawiyya Security District, Muhammad al-Sefaw near al-Khadra Bridge, Zawiyya. Some sources claim that the clashes were triggered when forces linked to Sefaw shot a policeman during an attempted arrest, others that they were related to buying and selling smuggled fuel. Medium and heavy weapons were deployed. Five people were killed, including a child, and at least 21, the majority of whom are civilians, have been injured. A number of families have reportedly been displaced. The road between Tripoli and Zawiyya was temporarily closed. Dignitaries from Zawiyya met to negotiate a truce which was reached on 26 September, in which it was agreed that an individual judged responsible for the clashes would be handed over to the Special Deterrence Force (Rada).