Parliament – Libyan capital tense after attack

The Libyan capital remained tense today, a day after forces loyal to a renegade general stormed the parliament and stated they suspended the house, challenging the legitimacy of the country’s weak central government, three years later than the depose of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.


The approach was seen with opposition from other troops, Mohammed al-Hegazi, a spokesman for General Khalifa Hifter, told Libya’s al-Ahrar television station.

Gunfire near parliament could be heard for kilometerses (miles) or around.

“ Alas, the results contributed to two deaths and 55 injured,” Salah al-Marghani said, adding that the Tripoli violence had “no substantial connection” to an offensive launched Friday by a rogue general opposed to Islamists in the east of the state.

Hifter The shifter is carrying out an offensive against Islamist militias in Benghazi, the country’s second- biggest metropolis in the east. He says the central government and parliament have no directive and pledged to press on with his operation after authorities called it a coup.

The attack saw militia members backed by truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns, mortars and rocket fire raid the parliament building in the heart of Tripoli, sending lawmakers fleeing for their animations as the gunmen ransacked the legislature.

Smoke rose over parliament later than gunmen attacked and then removed, and gunfire erupted across Tripoli, where rival militias contended in some of the worst violence in the city since the end the 2011 war opposed to Muammar Qaddafi.

It’s not understandable which militias and political leaders support Hifter, but his disrespectful taps into a wider disenchantment between Libyans with its virtually powerless government.

Promoters add members of a federalist group that had held an autonomous eastern government and took over the region’s oil terminals and ports for months, demanding a bigger portion of petroleum revenue.


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