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Libya declares state of emergency

The Libyan government declared a state of emergency in its oil-rich south following an attack on an air base, and blamed the assault on Gadhafi-loyalists.
Posted By JC Finley   |   Jan. 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM   |   Comments

Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The Libyan government declared a state of emergency in its oil-rich south following an attack on an air base.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan announced he had deployed fighters from Misurata to deal with a "hostile force" that had allegedly seized control of the Tamanhint air base. On Sunday, Libyan officials reported the base was once more in government control. The prime minister planned to travel to the conflict-ridden Sabha with a delegation to assess the situation and meet with local leaders.

Conflict between rival tribes and militias is rampant in southern Libya. The Libyan government has attributed the clashes in Sabha, a Gadhafi-loyalist hold-out during the 2011 revolution, to factions loyal to deceased former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

[The Financial Times]
[The North Africa Post]

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