By Hadi Fornaji.
Tripoli, 23 April 213:
A gunfight in central Tripoli between rival gangs brought traffic to a halt this evening as . . .[restrict]five units of the Supreme Security Committee closed off the street.
The firefight involved an estimated 100 individuals, on Shara Elektronat in Dahra. They were described by one local as “young gangsters”. The shooting lasted around 40 minutes, with the exchange of several dozen shots. It appeared that no one was injured in the firing between the armed gang members, although one car was shot up.
At one point, two old men approached the SSC commander demanding he send his men in to intervene. They said that they were fed up with the local lawlessness. However, the five SSC units present continued to wait out the firefight.
Around 9 pm, the firing died down and the rival groups melted away into side alleyways. The SSC units reopened the road but were not seen to make any arrests. It was reported that the fighting broke out this evening, over the accusation that one gang had stolen a weapon from the other.