By Moutaz Ali.
Tripoli, 9 November 2016:
Zawia’s council of elders was again making major efforts this evening to convince the warring militias of both the Ahneish and Khadrawi families to agree to a moratorium on their fighting and allow mediators to find a compromise.
Clashes in Zawia clashes between the two erupted again early this early morning in Jamal Abdel Nasser and Omar Mukhtar streets, in the middle of the town.
Sources from Zawia said that elders are trying to convince Aheish followers to leave the main streets as their presence there has prevented residents going to work.
The clashes started after the Khadrawis accused Ibrahim Ahneish, one of the leaders of his clan, of selling to the Wirshefana three men who were then killed, a local journalist told this newspaper earlier. Another story tells that the Khadrwai family and followers simply used the incident as an excuse because of their enmity towards and jealousy of Ahneish over his control of smuggling petrol from the Zawia refinery. Reports claim he has been earning millions from the business.