Tribal elders broker end to fighting in Libya region

December 13, 2011 23:18


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WAMIS, Libya - An outbreak of fighting south of the Libyan capital which killed at least four people stopped on Tuesday after local elders agreed a ceasefire, Reuters journalists in the area said.

The conflict, a flare-up of an old rivalry between the provincial town of Zintan and the neighboring El-Mashasha tribe, underlined the tension and insecurity in Libya after the overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Reuters journalists in the town of Wamis, about 190 km from Tripoli, on Monday saw damage to buildings caused by rocket or artillery fire which local people said had been directed on their town from Zintan.

On a visit to the town on Tuesday, there was no sign of any fighting. A local leader, Ibrahim Masood, said a committee of elders the day before had agreed a ceasefire and the release of prisoners by both sides.

"Our first aim is Libya and to stop the killing of Libyans," he said.

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