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Gaddafi loyalists clash with Libyan army

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 00:57

Jan. 21 - Clashes break out after soldiers backed by militia fighters loosely aligned with government storm western Tripoli to capture gunmen they accuse of belonging to pro-Gaddafi forces. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Clashes broke out on Tuesday (January 21) after soldiers backed by militia fighters loosely aligned with the government stormed the Warshafena area on the western outskirts of Tripoli to capture gunmen they accused of belonging to pro-Gaddafi forces. At least two people were killed when troops and militiamen fired anti-aircraft guns and rockets into the area where they had said tribal fighters resisted with small rockets, a Reuters witness and hospital officials said. "Thirteen wounded and two death cases and they were given first aid and moved and, thank God, and other cases were given first aid, and there is a family targeted by a Grad missile, they were given first aid and moved to al Khadra hospital," said Dr. Abdul Rahem al Jerbi at the hospital in Janzor which was receiving the wounded. The fighting was the heaviest since the rival former rebels groups and militiamen withdrew from their bases in the Libyan capital late last year. The withdrawal followed violent street clashes during which dozens of protesters demanding militias pull out of the city have been killed. Controlling former fighters and tribal groups is a major challenge for the central government. One former rebel commander has seized eastern oil ports with his armed militia, holding them since August and choking off oil shipments, to demand more regional autonomy. Zeidan's government managed to restart production in the south and west, bringing oil output up to 600,000 barrels per day.

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Gaddafi loyalists clash with Libyan army

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 00:57