Gaddafi loyalists attacked military vehicles in western Libya
TRIPOLI, June 12 (Xinhua) — A group of Gaddafi loyalists in Libya attacked military vehicles and assaulted people on Tuesday, attempting to further disrupt the war-torn country, sources told Xinhua.
An official of Libya’s revolutionary council, who requested to remain anonymous, told Xinhua that the armed men launched attacks against military vehicles and staff in the western mountainous region of Shgaiga, about 200 kilometers away from the capital Tripoli.
It is not immediately clear whether the attacks caused any casualties, the source said.
There were also tribal clashes in Mizdah on Tuesday, a town 200 kilometers south of Tripoli, leaving two people dead, according to a local resident’s relatives.
Security situation in Libya, about eight months after the civil war that ended the life of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, is still unstable as tribal clashes, anti-interim government and anti- foreigners attacks are reported almost every month.
On Monday, a convoy of British diplomat mission was targeted by armed men in eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, with a security escort “severely wounded.”
Last Sunday, Libya’s electoral committee announced that the forthcoming constituent assembly elections, originally set to be held later this month, are to be postponed to July 7, amid ongoing clashes between the army and armed groups over the weekend in the southeastern city of Kufra, which left about 20 people killed and more than 60 others injured.
Clashes between Libyan army, rebels lead to closure of border crossing with Tunisia
TUNIS, June 10 (Xinhua) — Violent overnight clashes between Libyan army units and the country’s rebels have led to the closure of a main border post between Tunisia and Libya, the official TAP press agency reported on Sunday.
The Libyan side of the Ras El Jedir border post which was in the hands of the rebels, was overtaken by the Libyan army, TAP said, quoting security sources.
Local residents also tried to prevent a long queue of cars and trucks of Libyan people from returning to their country, after reports of the arrest of 12 Tunisians in Libya.
The border post was closed following security considerations, TAP said.
Libya reschedules Constituent Assembly elections
Libya has rescheduled its first post-Gaddafi general elections from June 19th to July 7th .
The elections will form a 200-member Constituent Assembly, which should replace the Transitional National Council and draft a new constitution within 12 months. After adopting this constitution, Libya will hold presidential and parliamentary elections.
Jun 10, 2012 21:37 Moscow Time