Two dead in Tripoli rocket strike


Two people were killed when a rocket hit a displaced people camp in Libya’s capital as fighting between rival armed groups continued to rage, an activist said.

On Saturday, rockets hit a hotel in central Tripoli and a fuel depot south of the capital, the focus of a week of fighting between different armed groups.

The missile fell on the al-Fallah camp for displaced Tawergha people, killing two and wounding seven, including two children, said Emad Ergeha, an activist following Tawergha issues.

The Tawergha were forced to leave their settlement near Misrata in the NATO-backed uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and have been prevented from going back since.

Ergeha, a Tawergha, posted a video of fire fighters extinguishing a fire and showing severe damage to steel containers in the camp.

A rocket also hit the Waddan Hotel in central Tripoli near the Italian embassy. Three people were wounded, staff said.

State oil firm NOC confirmed a diesel depot used to supply a power station was hit by a rocket.

Fierce clashes erupted last week between the Seventh Brigade or Kaniyat, from Tarhouna, south-east of Tripoli, against the Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigades (TRB) and the Nawasi, two of the capital’s largest armed groups.

The UN-backed government based in Tripoli declared a state of emergency in the capital “given the seriousness of the current situation.”

Although government is formally in charge, it does not control the capital where armed groups are allied to it but operate with autonomy, often motivated by money and power.