By Jamal Adel.
Kufra, 25 October 2014:
Obari continued tense today as news broke that a Misratan-led force had managed to bypass a . . .[restrict]heavily-armed Tebu checkpoint and were only 30 kilometres south-east of the town.
Elements of the Misratan Third Force, which has been based in Sebha, have arrived in the town of Gharefa in a convoy of some 160 vehicles. They had apparently driven cross-country to avoid the strong Tebu contingent that had been waiting for them at Gate 17, south of Sebha.
The fighting between the Tebu and Tuareg militants began at the start of the month. It has seen hundreds of families flee and dozens of killed and injured.
Today the combat died down after a particularly violent week. There was only sporadic shooting. An agreed ceasefire held long enough for Red Crescent workers to evacuate more people caught in the crossfire and to pick up the dead and wounded.
“The situation is very critical in the town, “ the local Red Crescent head, Hassan Madi told the Libya Herald, “We failed to some collect bodies. We had to pull out”.
Nevertheless, he said, his members had brought some 300 families clear of the battle zone. [/restrict]