A damaged compound occupied by a Libyan self-declared rival prime minister is seen after it was taken over by armed groups aligned with a U.N.-backed government in heavy fighting, in Tripoli, Libya, March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara
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At least five people were killed in fierce clashes on Friday between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital Tripoli, seat of a UN-backed unity government, a hospital official said.Tripoli had been relatively calm since, but dozens of armed groups still operate -- including several that support Ghweil.The GNA has won the support of various militias since it took office in March last year, but several parts of Tripoli remain beyond its control.Relying on militia support and pitted against a rival administration in the east, the GNA has struggled to assert its authority.
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