Juwaili forces reopen Aziziyya roads following de-escalation talks amid unrest in region

Jul 29, 2023 | Libyan actors

Late on 29 July, forces affiliated with Zintani commander Osama Juwaili set up earth berms and closed roads in the al-Aziziyya area around 40km south of Tripoli, temporarily restricting movement to and from Tripoli. In response, armed groups in Tripoli aligned with Government of National Unity (GNU) Prime Minister Abdul Hameed Dabaiba mobilised some of their vehicles into areas of southern Tripoli. The road closure was reportedly a show of force by Juwaili as they intended to prevent Dabaiba’s forces from securing the road as part of a planned visit to Ghadames. They agreed to reopen the road after talks to de-escalate the situation.

The following day, at least one person was killed and others injured during clashes in Ghariyan, a strategic town around 90km south of Tripoli on the edge of the Nafousa mountains. It is unclear who was involved in the fighting and what triggered the violence.