Libya: 32 people were killed and hundreds injured in clashes between armed groups

Tripoli: A total of 32 people were killed and hundreds were injured in armed clashes between supporters of two contenders for rule in Libya.

According to the international news organization, the supporters of Abdul Hamid Dabiba and Fathi Bashagha, the contenders for ruling Libya, clashed with each other.

During the clashes between the armed groups, hospitals and buildings were severely damaged in the exchange of fire and explosions.

The fighting is the worst since the 2020 ceasefire in the capital Tripoli, with 32 confirmed dead and 159 injured so far. There is a chance in increase of casualties.

It should be noted that the government was given to Abdul Hamid Dabibah by the United Nations last year in efforts to restore the peace process in war-torn Libya, but Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha did not accept it and strongly resisted.

The Libyan capital and several major cities are governed by the United Nations-appointed government of Abdulhamid Dabeba, while the parliament in the eastern part is ruled by Fathi Bashagha, who is backed by military leader Khalifa Haftar.

Libya has been in turmoil since the 2011 NATO-backed coup that deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi and was brutally murdered by rebels, with a leadership vacuum that has yet to be filled.

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