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Security forces clash in Libya's Tripoli, killing at least two people

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Tripoli — Two security forces clashed in Tripoli late Wednesday, killing a fighter and damaging nearby property, the Interior Ministry said Thursday between powerful factions in the Libyan capital. Said in further signs of a tense relationship.

A young man was also killed in a car accident when he fled the area with other civilians, his friend told Reuters.

Two units related to the Presidential Council fought a shootout in central Tripoli, provincial spokesman Abdel Monaem al-Arabi said, adding that investigation into the cause of the incident had begun. ..

"I saw people running and cars rushing to the other side of the road out of fear," said passerby Ali Errhoma, 31, Reuters. Told to.

Much of Libya has long been dominated by rival forces competing for territory and status, officially acting as a paid element of national security.

Tensions over political conflicts between the government and its parliamentarily appointed rival governments established through a UN-sponsored process last year have increased fears of escalation.

A Reuters reporter said the area where the clash occurred was quiet on Thursday, with store owners repairing window damage and returning to normal life. (Report by Reuters Libya Newsroom, Written by Angus McDowall, Edited by Andrew Havens)