By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 12 January 2016:
Renewed fighting between Tuareg and Tebu forces has damaged Obari’s historic fort and plunged most . . .[restrict]of the town into darkness.
The Turco-Italian castle, which is the main Tebu position in the town, was reported to have been hit by heavy missiles. The fort helps protect the largely Tebu Nimar district while Tuareg forces hold the adjacent Telaquin section of the town.
The cause of the fighting is unclear. It broke out while elders from both communities were meeting in Sebha to try and harden the Qatari-sponsored truce of last November. Even though limited fighting erupted before the ink on the deal had dried, by and large, the conflict has stopped.
Mustafa Khalifa in Ghat adds: the Tuareg Council has protested at what it has described as a surprise attack by the Tebu. They have maintained that the fighting was begun by a Tebu faction that was opposed to the Qatari-brokered peace deal. The Council has called on its Tebu counterpart to clarify what happened and ensure that no further attacks take place. [/restrict]