|Irresponsible groups in Libya should be disarmed: Iran||
TEHRAN – Iran has called for national unity in Libya, expressing deep regret over the course of developments in the North African country.
Irresponsible groups should be disarmed and national unity should be promoted in the country, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham said on Sunday.
BBC on Saturday reported renewed fighting between rival militias on the outskirts of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, a day after at least 43 people died in clashes.
The latest violence in the suburb of Tajoura, involving local militiamen and fighters from Misrata, left one dead.
Friday's clashes occurred after protesters marched on the headquarters of the Misrata militia to demand that it leave Tripoli, and were fired upon.
The government is struggling to contain militias who control parts of Libya.
On Saturday, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan confirmed that fresh fighting had taken place in Tajoura.
He urged all sides to “exercise maximum restraint”, adding, “No forces from outside Tripoli should attempt to enter the city because the situation is very tense and could escalate further.”
AFP quoted Mr. Zeidan as saying, “The coming hours and days will be decisive for the history of Libya and the success of the revolution.”
Misrata is about 200km to the east of the capital.
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