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Arabs And Tuaregs Join Forces Against Africans In Southern Libya

AFRICANGLOBE - At least 40 people have been killed in a week of ethnic clashes in southern Libya between rival gunmen from the African Toubou and Tuareg minorities, a local official said. The latest fighting centred on the oasis city of Sabha, the largest in the Libyan Sahara, the official said.

Fighting Renewed Between Tuaregs And Africans In Southern Libya

AFRICANGLOBE - Clashes have re-erupted between rival Al-Tabu and Tuareg tribes across southern Libya's Ubari town after several weeks of tense calm. "Clashes were renewed on Thursday evening between members of the two tribes after Al-Tabu militants attempted to advance into the town's east in an attack that involved medium to heavy weapons," a military official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

Oilfield Standoff Mirrors Libya’s Conflict As U.N. Seeks Dialogue

AFRICANGLOBE - Deep in Libya's southern Sahara, men in army uniforms guard a pipeline at the El Sharara oilfield. Hundreds of kilometers to the north, rival fighters turn off the pumps to stop the oil flowing. The standoff over El Sharara illustrates the complex challenge United Nations mediators face in holding together a country heading towards a civil war between factions allied with rival cities scrambling for control.

Libyan Regime Stokes Anti-Black Tensions In South

AFRICANGOBE - The Tamenhint airbase 30 kilometres north-east of Sebha is reported to be back in pro-Gaddafi hands after Tebu forces from Murzuk who were guarding it withdrew. They unilaterally pulled out yesterday evening claiming that the government was deliberately exploiting clashes in Sebha between the African Tebus and Arab Awlad Sulaiman in order to divert attention from moves to replace it with a new administration.

Libyan Government Launches Air Strikes In The South

AFRICANGLOBE - Libyan war planes targeted areas of the restive south late Saturday after gunmen stormed an air force base in the region, prompting the army to send in ground troops. Elsewhere, two Italian construction workers have been kidnapped in eastern Libya. The armed forces have been placed on alert following days of skirmishes between rival tribesmen and militias.

Uneasy Calm In Southern Libya After Ethnic Clashes

AFRICANGLOBE - A tenuous peace has taken hold in Libya's southwestern city of Sebha more than a month after ethnic clashes killed at least 70 people, with tensions still high between communities living there, many of whom have their own armed militias, according to local residents.