By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 23 January 2014:
There are reports of further fighting today in west Janzour and the Warshefana area, as . . .[restrict]yesterday’s initial agreement between the government and the Warshefana Shura Council seemed to collapse.
The agreement, under which security forces would be pulled out of the district in return for a promise by the Council that suspected criminals wanted by the Prosecutor General would be handed over within a week, saw government forces start to withdraw last night.
Nine people have been killed and a further 20 injured so far in the clashes, according to Warshefana Shura Council spokesman, Abuejila Saif Annaser. He said the casualties included the wife of the Head of Alazizia Local Council, who is now in Zahra hospital in a critical condition. Her son was also reported killed yesterday.
Part of yesterday’s agreement with the government apparently included providing medical supplies for Zahra hospital and sending the most critically-injured abroad for treatment.
A Janzour resident said that late this afternoon explosions and heavy fire could be heard from some ten kilometres away.