Western countries urge calm after deadly Tripoli clashes

Western countries urge calm after deadly Tripoli clashes

Around 400 prisoners also escaped from a facility near Tripoli amid the deadly violence between the militia groups. According to the health ministry, some 100 people have been wounded in the unrest.

The Government of National Unity, which is recognised by the worldwide community, on Sunday said it was declaring a state of emergency in the Libyan capital and its environs.

The fighting in Tripoli erupted last week when Seventh Brigade militias, which hail from Tarhouna - a town about 40 miles south of the capital - attacked southern neighbourhoods of the capital.

A fragile truce reached in coordination with the United Nations mission in Libya took effect on Thursday, but was quickly breached.

In a separate incident on Sunday, two people were killed and seven injured after a missile landed in a camp housing displaced people, Reuters quoted activist Emad Ergeha as saying.

"The detainees were able to force open the doors" in order to leave the Ain Zara prison, the local police said.

Guards were unable to prevent the prisoners from escaping as they feared for their own lives, the statement said.

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The country is now governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the east, but each authority is backed by armed militias.

Human Rights Watch condemned the violence and said that at least 18 of the dead were civilians, among them four children.

Hundreds of migrants trapped by the fighting have been moved to other detention centres, while the city's airport was closed for two days on Friday.

The inmates included many supporters of the country's late leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was found guilty of killings during a 2011 uprising in the country.

What has the worldwide community said?

These attempts to weaken the legitimate Libyan authorities and hamper the course of the political process are not acceptable.

In a joint statement Britain, France, Italy and the United States have said they "warn those who tamper with security in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya that they will be held accountable for any such actions". Each one is backed by several militias.

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