Libyan children displaced from the town of Tawergha play in their camp in Benghazi, Libya February 4, 2018. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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The case of Tawergha, a city built among date palm groves about 200 kilometers southeast of Tripoli, has become a symbol of division and conflict in Libya following the NATO-backed uprising against Gadhafi.Tawergha was used by pro-Gadhafi forces attacking the nearby city of Misrata during the war.After the fighting, Misrata forces emptied Tawergha of its inhabitants. The city was abandoned as a ghost town, while its residents, many the dark-skinned descendants of sub-Saharan African slaves, lived in squalid temporary camps.After years of negotiations, the Tawergha residents were finally meant to start going home on Feb. 1 . Other residents were turned back approaching from the east, before reaching Sirte, controlled by Misrata since forces led by the city's brigades ousted Daesh (ISIS) from the city in 2016 .
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