Smoke raise as people check the damaged after a rocket hit a camp for displaced people during the fight between rival armed groups in Tripoli, Libya September 2, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer
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Clashes raged Monday on the outskirts of Libya's capital Tripoli, trapping residents indoors and hampering rescue efforts as the U.N. called for talks after more than a week of deadly violence.The clashes initially pitted GNA-linked groups in the capital against the so-called 7th Brigade, a militia from the town of Tarhuna southeast of Tripoli the GNA says it presented with orders in April to disband.Those groups include militias from Misrata, about 200 kilometers from Tripoli. As clashes spiraled last week, the GNA called in an armed group from Zintan, 170 kilometers southwest of Tripoli, to help guard against a security vacuum in capital's west.Sunday, it also called up the "anti-terrorist brigade" – mostly composed of armed militias from Misrata that helped push Daesh (ISIS) out of Sirte in 2016 – to intervene between the rival camps.Social media users were quick to make light of the situation, calling the capital's chaos "Libya's championship of militias in Tripoli".
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