Cairo. The streets of the city remained silent on Sunday after 30 people were killed in violent clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday. After this incident, there has been a possibility of violence again in the midst of a long-running political deadlock. Tripoli has for the past few years been divided between rival administrations, each backed by militias and foreign governments. Hospitals, government and residential buildings were damaged in the clashes on Saturday. According to the health ministry, at least 32 people were killed and 159 others were injured in the clashes. Mustafa Baraka, a comedian who lost his life in the violence, was known on social media for his videos mocking militias and corruption.
The Health Ministry said in a statement that hospitals in the capital were shelled. Meanwhile, several offices remained closed in the city on Sunday and the state-run National Oil Corporation ordered its employees to work from home on Sunday. More recently this month, a fuel tanker exploded after a fire in central Libya, killing at least nine people and injuring 76 others. This information was given by the authorities. According to the state-run Libya News Agency, the incident took place in the central city of Benet Bayya, when the tanker overturned before it caught fire.
The agency had said that residents of the area were busy collecting petrol despite warnings of a possible fire and explosion, causing a large number of casualties. Halima al-Mahri, a spokeswoman for the government medical center in the nearby town of Sabha, said the injured had been admitted to the hospital. Al-Mahri said at least 16 seriously injured were admitted to hospitals in the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 28, 2022, 20:45 IST