The Tripoli Ministry of Health reported a total of 118 dead and injured, with 27 deaths and 91 injuries, mostly to civilians.
Gunfire and shells were still being reported by south Tripoli residents despite a truce in the third day of the south Tripoli militia fighting being agreed late Wednesday night. A ‘‘neutral’’ force is supposed to occupy the disputed areas as the death toll and injuries mount.
The internationally-recognized Presidency Council and Government of National Accord head, Faiez Serraj, in his role as Supreme Commander of the (Tripoli-based) National Army, appointed Mohamed Al-Haddad, Central Military Zone Commander, and Osama Juwaili, Western Military Zone Commander, jointly in charge of overseeing the ceasefire using ‘‘neutral’’ forces.
They are to act as an interim buffer between the sets of militias until a more permanent solution is reached to the fighting and both contenders withdraw from the frontline.
The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj said in a televised statement on Thursday that he was taken by surprise by the clashes of southern Tripoli, saying the fighting left innocent deaths among the military units and horrified civilians.
“Civilians must remain outside the circle of the violence which will only end to more destruction and deaths among innocent civilians. The perpetrators will be brought to justice.” Al-Sirraj said.
He added that they had contacted some parties to contain the clashes but “some insisted on sending more youths to the battlefield,” adding that the elders are an asset here to make the youths listen to reason.
“Air force of the Presidential Council has not carried out any airstrikes on any city. Its operations are limited to Tripoli.” Al-Sirraj remarked.
He denied that there is any unit under the name of the seventh brigade under his government’s command, adding that that entity was disbanded in last April.
“We reject any military acts under whatever cause there is. Not freeform, not cleansing or any other issue.” Al-Sirraj explained.
Hundreds of migrants have been evacuated from Ein Zara detention centre in southern Tripoli because of the clashes that have been taking place there since Monday.
The Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency said it managed to evacuate 322 migrants from Eretria, Sudan and Ethiopia to safer places despite the heavy fighting.
The evacuated migrants included 237 men, 73 women and 12 children.