Libyan PM visits scene of tribal clashes in desert

By REUTERS
April 1, 2012 20:58

SABHA - Libya's prime minister flew in to a desert oasis city on Sunday to try to patch up a tribal dispute that has killed about 150 people over the past week and underscored the ethnic fault-lines threatening Libya's stability.

A Reuters team which flew with the prime minister to Sabha, about 750 km south of the Libyan capital, said a ceasefire appeared to be holding between the Tibu ethnic group and the Sabha militias with which they had been clashing.

Smashed windows at a conference center and burned-out vehicles in a Tibu-controlled neighborhood, bore testimony to the fighting over the past days, some of the worst since a revolt last year ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Asked about the situation in Sabha, Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib told Reuters: "It's much better than I thought."


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