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. Picture taken September 2, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer
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Residents of Tripoli emerging from their homes to take advantage of a cease-fire between armed groups noticed one thing straight away. The militias had not withdrawn their heavy weapons from strategic locations in the Libyan capital. The clashes, which left dozens dead, pitted four big armed groups in Tripoli against rivals from other towns. The force's main opponent, known as the 7th Brigade, also confirmed to Reuters it would stay in its positions.Salame has been trying for a year to pave the way for elections but he gave no details of what he planned to do if the truce was broken. With no national army or foreign peacekeepers in place, the only short-term fix would be to allow some of the groups from outside Tripoli to pay their fighters from public funds.The powers have since switched tactics, allowing the U.N.-backed administration in Tripoli to legitimize "super militias," giving them funds and titles for the sake of stability.However, diplomats fear that Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who has conquered much of the East with his Libyan National Army faction and is said to be planning to run for president, may intervene in Tripoli.
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