One dead in clashes between Tripoli govt, ISIL

Clashes between ISIL and forces loyal to the Tripoli government have claimed the life of one person near the town of Sirte.

One dead in clashes between Tripoli govt, ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

Forces loyal to a self-declared Libyan government controlling the capital Tripolifought ISIL fighters near the town of Sirte on Wednesday, killing one person and wounding seven, a government official said.

Militants loyal to ISIL have exploited the turmoil in Libya, where two governments and parliaments are fighting for control four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

Taking advantage of the security vacuum, just as ISIL did in Syria and Iraq, the militants have seized parts of the coastal city of Sirte, Gaddafi's home town east of Tripoli.

Fighting broke out on Wednesday near the town between ISIL fighters and forces sent from the western city of Misrata, officials and Misrata residents said.

One member of the Misrata-based Brigade 166 was killed and seven were wounded, Jamal Zubia, a spokesman for the Tripoli-based government, said in a message on social media.

ISIL militants have in recent months claimed several attacks including the storming of a Tripoli hotel and the murder of dozens of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians.

Libya's internationally recognised government has been based in the east along with the elected parliament since a rival faction seized the capital in August and reinstated a previous assembly.

ISIL  for its part has also built up a presence in Derna, an eastern city known as jihadi hotspot, and the main eastern city of Benghazi

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Mayıs 2015, 15:42