By Houda Mzioudet and Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 24 August 2013:
At least six people have been reported dead and dozens injured in clashes . . .[restrict]between forces from Zawia and members of the Warshefana tribe over the past two days.
The conflict started on Thursday night when a group of armed Warshefana reportedly attacked a medical centre near Zawia, killing two people and kidnapping one. Fighting intensified when men from Zawia went to the Warshefana town of Zahra, south-east of Zawia, planning to rescue the kidnapped man and arrest the killers. Solidarity Press yesterday reported that one person was killed yesterday and dozens injured in fighting there. Heavy weapons as well light one were being used.
A source at Zawia Central Hospital today told the Libya Herald that 16 people who been injured in fighting around Zahra in the past 24 hours were being treated in the hospital, one of whom is in intensive care. Three others had died, all of them Warshefana. They were named by a local radio station as Ahmed Abdussalam Mubarkiya, Tariq Sulah and Khalifa Qabalawi. Eleven of the injured were from Zawia, the station said, the rest were Wershefana. The station also added that there were other wounded in the medical centre at Zahra.
There are reports, at present unconfirmed, that the President of Congress, Nuri Abu Sahmain, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief, has order Libya Shield forces from Misrata to separate the two sides. [/restrict]