April 1st, 2012
MorningStar– Almost 150 people have been killed in a desert town in southern Libya following six days of intercommunal strife.
Health Minister Fatma al-Hamroush said at the weekend that fighting in Sabha has also left 395 wounded.
Around 180 people have been transported to Tripoli for emergency treatment, she said.
The Sabha fighting pits tribes that reportedly had close connections to former Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi against the Tabu tribe, which joined the Nato-backed rebellion that ousted him.
Residents of the oasis say that the rivalry burst into open conflict last Monday after a Tabu man shot a member of the Abu Seif tribe and then a delegation of Tabu elders and armed men going to participate in reconciliation talks was ambushed.
A Tabu chief called on Friday for foreign intervention to halt what he described as “ethnic cleansing.”
Dozens died in fighting between the Tabu and Arab tribes in Kufra in February.