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Southern, Western Libya: Some 154 persons killed in clashes

At least 154 persons were killed and 463 others wounded in two weeks of tribal clashes involving supporters of the late Mouammar Kadhafi in Southern and Western Libya, the Libyan Health Ministry indicated in a press release issued here Saturday. The deaths were recorded in Sebha (south) and in 'Warshafa' (west) as supporters of the former regime tried to emerge forcefully on the Libyan political scene.

An official at Sebha's hospital said 88 persons died and 130 were wounded in two weeks, saying that the number could be much more.

Clashes in Sebha, which broke out on 11 January, were between the Toubou and Awlad Suleyman tribes.

The president of the General National Congress, Nouri Abusahmain, in his capacity as the supreme chief of the Libyan army, has ordered that the army be deployed to Sebha to restore order and security.

Pana 27/01/2014