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Sarraj announces action against warring armed groups in Tripoli

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Sarraj announces action against warring armed groups in Tripoli

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Groups taking part in the escalating armed clashes in the south of Tripoli will be outlawed and slapped with international sanctions, the presidential council of Libya's United Nations backed unity government said on Monday.

"There will be no further scope for chaos in Libya," premier Fayez al-Sarraj wrote in a communique from the presidency, which he heads.

"Orders have been given to the armed forces, to the interior ministry and to other branches of the security forces to go after the armed groups taking part in these clashes," Sarraj went on.

"All those involved will be banned and will be put under international sanctions according to UN resolutions," the communique underlined.

At least four people have been killed in recent the clashes in southern Tripoli between rival groups operating under the UN-backed government as they attempt to take control of the city.

Heavy weapons, including artillery, have been used in the fighting, according to witnesses. Residential areas have been hit by apparently random shelling and several families have had to evacuate their homes, according to reports.

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