By Seraj Essul.
Tripoli, 22 June 2014:
The uneasy truce negotiated last night in Sebha was broken only once today, though that exchange . . .[restrict]of fire left one man dead and another seroiusly injured.
A member of Misrata’s Third Force, which has been attempting to keep rival tribes apart, told the Libya Herald that the death occurred when fighting restarted briefly before noon. A member of the Awlad Suleiman tribe was killed in the exchange and a Qaddadfa tribesman was seriously injured.
The body of the former, named locally as Khalifa Al-Taboni was taken to Sebha hospital while the latter is being treated in Brak Al-Shatti hospital.
Tribal elders once again intervened and have produced a draft agreement to which they have asked both sides to respond tomorrow, when more talks are planned.
“The situation in the town is OK now” said the Third Force member, “It is calm but tense”. All shops in the Al-Manshia district remained closed and the streets deserted. Life in the rest of Sebha continued fitfully with llimited movement of cars and people.
A journalism student, who asked not to be named, said that he was annoyed that because of the fighting the university had been closed for almost a week and important exams had been postponed.
An English teacher complained angrily: “People are fed up with the fighting. Every day it kicks off again. My neighbour’s daughter was killed when a mortar hit a house. Everything is closed. The airport is closed. Public services are breaking down, because people cannot work. I really hope they reach an agreement to stop this”. [/restrict]