88 dead in two weeks of clashes in South Libya: Hospital

Black smoke billows from buildings in Sabha, south Libya, January 17, 2014. Sabha, the biggest city in the south, has seen days of clashes between rival militias and tribesmen.

Two weeks of ethnic clashes in Libya’s main southern city Sabha have killed 88 people and wounded more than 130, the city’s hospital director said on Saturday.

“Between the outbreak of the fighting on January 11 and Friday evening, the number of dead totalled 88,” Abdallah Ouheida told AFP.

The fighting erupted between members of the Toubou minority, a non-Arab ethnic group, and armed Arab tribesmen of the Awled Sleiman.

There has since between fighting between the Awled Sleiman and other Arab tribes that is reported to have involved supporters of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi.[Source]