Militias backed by Libya’s rival governments have killed 32 people and wounded about 159 in Tripoli in the worst skirmish Libya has witnessed since 2020. The violence has raised fears the country may be heading back to war.
Mustafa Baraka, a comedian known for his social media videos criticizing militias and corruption is one of those killed after he was shot in his chest.
The faceoff in Libya is between Tripoli-based Government of National Unity (GNU) led by Abdul Hamid Dbeibah against Fathi Bashagha backed by the eastern-based parliament.
According to Reuters, forces aligned with Bashagha tried to take territory in Tripoli from several directions on Saturday, but his main military convoy turned back towards the coastal city of Misrata before reaching the capital.