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Libyan leader orders probe into Tripoli clashes

Libyan President of the Presidency Council Mohamed Menfi on Friday issued orders to start an investigation into the clashes that erupted in southern Tripoli between two security forces.

The orders also included an immediate cease-fire and the return of all fighting forces to their headquarters.

“The General Commander of the Military Staff must take all necessary measures immediately against the commanders of the fighting forces, and exercise all legal powers against them,” Menfi said in a statement.

“The Military Attorney General must immediately start investigation directly with Commanders of those forces, including those who initiated the clashes, take all necessary legal measures against them, and provide us with any measures taken,” Menfi said.

He stressed the need for all security and military agencies to comply with orders and refrain from any unpermitted movements, warning that any violations are considered crimes punishable by law.

Clashes between two government security forces erupted on Thursday night near a military camp in southern Tripoli, with unknown casualties, a security source told Xinhua.

Local media showed footage of burned military vehicles in the camp.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya on Friday expressed concern over the clashes, calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and calling on all parties to exercise maximum restraint.

Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos ever since the fall of its leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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