By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 23 January 2014:
Sporadic clashes continued in Sebha last night between Qaddafi loyalists and the army, with a large . . .[restrict]explosion reported at a military ammunition store.
Tamanhint Airbase remained, for another night, under the control of loyalists, who retook the military airport from government forces on Monday morning.
Sebha’s military commander, Mohammed Al-Ayat Al-Busaifi, told the Libya Herald that intermittent fighting between the pro-Qaddafi forces and the Army had continued in and around Sebha last night. There was also a large explosion at an ammunition store near the barracks of the army’s Six Brigade, he added. No-one was injured in the blast.
Busaifi said that Tamanhint Airbase remained in the hands of Qaddafi supporters and that no revolutionary brigades or reinforcements had arrived to drive them out.
This morning, the situation in Sebha was relatively stable. The head of the reconciliation committee delegation which arrived in Sebha two weeks ago, Mohammed Mubasher, said: “We can’t say for sure that things have calmed down completely but we’re making swift progress in mediation efforts and expect army troops and revolutionary brigades to arrive very soon.”
Head of Sebha Local Council, Ayoub Al-Zaroug, said things were tense but relatively quiet, with only intermittent gunfire still being heard. [/restrict]