88 dead in two weeks of clashes in south Libya: Hospital

AFP , Saturday 25 Jan 2014

Two weeks of ethnic clashes in Libya's main southern city Sebha have killed 88 people and wounded more than 130, the city's hospital director said on Saturday.

"Between the outbreak of the fighting on 11 January and Friday evening, the number of dead totalled 88," Abdallah Ouheida told AFP.

The fighting erupted between members of the Toubou minority, a non-Arab ethnic group, and armed Arab tribesmen of the Awled Sleiman.

There has since between fighting between the Awled Sleiman and other Arab tribes that is reported to have involved supporters of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Libya's General National Congress declared a state of emergency in the south on 18 January at an extraordinary session convened to discuss the violence in Sebha.

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