Libyan PM forms joint force to end conflict in Tripoli

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-17 02:08:18|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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TRIPOLI, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Sunday issued a decision to form a joint military force to end the conflict in south of the capital Tripoli.

"It has been decided to form a joint military force called the Joint Force for Conflict Resolution and Establishing Security, under the Western Military Zone Commander, consisting of three light infantry battalions, as well as units of the Ministry of Interior," according to the decision.

The force will ensure the return of normal life in the areas of conflict.

Tripoli recently witnessed violent clashes between government forces and the so-called Seventh Brigade militia from the city of Tarhuna, some 80 km southeast Tripoli, killing 78 people and injuring 210 others.

After that, the UN Mission in Libya brokered a cease-fire agreement between the fighting parties to stop the violence in the city. However, the Seventh Brigade threatened to break the truce in Tripoli and resume fighting to "eliminate crime and gangs in Tripoli."

The Libyan Tribal Forum, which was held in Tarhuna, on Saturday demanded Serraj's government to "delegitimize and disarm the armed militias currently in control of the capital within three days."

Libya has been suffering insecurity and escalating violence since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.