By Libya Herald Reporters.
Tripoli, 16 November 2013:
Heavy fighting has continued today in the east of Tripoli, though the casualty list has . . .[restrict]been markedly lower. Three people two from from Misrata, are known to have died and at least 45 others have been seriously injured.
The centre of activity today has been Tajoura hospital with a regular flow of ambulances bringing in the wounded. A doctor reported that there was also a steady stream of volunteers coming to give blood.
Late last night Tajoura-based militia manning a local roadblock, turned back a 30-vehicle convoy from Misrata. According to Tajoura sources, an agreement was reached whereby the Misrata commander agreed to stay outside of the district. However, it is believed that the same Misrata unit returned and mounted a dawn raid on the nearby camp of Brigade 101. The base was overrun. When Tajoura units launched a counterattack later in the morning, the Misrata forces retreated, taking captured vehicles, weapons and ammunition with them.
Brigade 101 commander Mukhtar Herna was said by the Libyan news agency LANA to have admitted the loss of equipment and complained that the Misrata forces had not kept their promise.
Despite this, much of this afternoon and evening has been taken up with the erection of barricades along the coastal road leading into the capital. Libya Herald reporters tonight saw obstructions erected from Ain Zara to the Gharaboulli city limits
Tajoura shopkeeper Mohamed Ghurrani said “the Misrata militias have been pushed back since last night to the eastern outskirts of Gharaboulli, almost as far back as Khoms”.
In Suq al-Juma this evening rumours were circulating of up to 600 trucks with militiamen coming from Misrata.
Elsewhere in the city, elements of the Misrata Brigade are reported to have occupied the Ministry of Justice on the Fallah Road.
With input from Ashraf Abdul Wahab, Ahmed Elumami, Muhammad Elosta and Khaled Jebril.