Demonstrators protest against the Libyan parliament's decision to call on the United Nations and the Security Council to intervene to protect civilians and state institutions in Libya, in Misrata, east of Tripoli August 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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The new U.N. special envoy to Libya plans to visit Tripoli as early as next week to seek a cease-fire between armed factions whose clashes have turned parts of the capital into a battlefield, his office said.The battles, which involve brigades of former rebels who once fought Gadhafi together, have forced the United Nations and Western governments to evacuate their diplomats, fearing Libya is sliding into civil war.Several thousand people rallied in Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata and other cities against the congress, which has called on the United Nations to protect civilians.In a sign of deep polarization, a group supporting both the parliament meeting in the eastern town of Tobruk and its decision to call on the United Nations intervention took to the streets in the city of Benghazi.Islamist-leaning politicians and their allies from the city of Misrata describe the parliament's meeting as unconstitutional because it is taking place in Tobruk rather than Tripoli or Benghazi.The month of fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi has further polarized the political factions and their militia allies.
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