By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 21 April 2014:
Three people were killed and another seriously injured in clashes in Sebha last night sparking fears . . .[restrict]that a truce between fighting tribes is on the brink of collapse.
“Youssef Abdullah, a 31 year-old Tebu Sebha resident, was killed in an unprovoked attack by gunmen from the Awlad Suleiman tribe yesterday evening,” Tebu elder Bazinka Molimi told the Libya Herald.
He was taken to Murzuk hospital because Sebha hospital was under the control of Awlad Suleiman tribesmen, Murzuk hospital spokesperson, Mohammed Whamer, said. He added that Abdullah might have survived if he had not had to travel some 160km for treatment.
Another Tebu man was seriously wounded in the attack but is now in a stable condition.
“Two homes were burnt, and another was attacked by gunfire, while the family was still inside,” said Molimi.
Within half an hour, the incident had provoked a retaliatory attack from the Tebu side, which left two from the Awlad Suleiman side dead, according to the spokesperson for the Misratan-led Third Force, Ala Al-Huwaik.
Under a truce brokered in February, both Tebu and Awlad Suleiman fighters were to hand over their strongholds in the town to the Third Force, which was brought into Sebha in late January to act as a buffer between the warring sides.
Neither of the two have ever fully-committed to the truce. Several weeks ago, a ministerial delegation met officials and tribal leaders in Sebha to try and shore up the fragile peace-deal and urge local forces to completely withdraw from their strongholds. [/restrict]