Libya declares state of emergency in Tripoli as death toll climbs

They added that guards, fearing for their lives, were unable to prevent the incident, AFP news agency reports.

Clashes in Libya's capital of Tripoli have caused a 48-hour closure of Mitiga International airport, the city's only operational airport. The country is now governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the east, each backed by an array of militias that wield real power on the ground.

Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that overthrew and killed the dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The country is now governed by rival authorities in the Libyan capital and in the east, each side backed by various militias.

Human Rights Watch condemned the violence and said that at least 18 of the dead were civilians, among them four children.

Microwave weapons suspected in United States embassy ailments
Smith, the lead author of a study of the victims' ailments, told the news outlet in an interview. "It's a possibility", Frey said. Investigators previously speculated that the attacks were caused by sonic waves or viral infections.

Hundreds of migrants trapped by the fighting have been moved to other detention centres, while the city's airport was closed for two days on Friday.

Reacting to the fighting, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the government was following the situation in Libya with deep apprehension, insisting that the global community could not turn a blind eye and pretend it was not happening. We reiterate that the targeting of civilians and indiscriminate attacks are prohibited under International Humanitarian Law.

The US, UK, France and Italy have called for an immediate end to deadly violence in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

These attempts to weaken the legitimate Libyan authorities and hamper the course of the political process are not acceptable.

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