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Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:57 - Updated Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:57

Renewed clashes damage power plant in Libya's Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Libya's state-owned General Electricity Company on Wednesday announced that power circuit in south of the capital Tripoli was damaged by renewed clashes, a few days after the fighting parties signed a UN-brokered peace agreement.

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"Al-Hadba district's southern circuit No. 1 was hit due to armed clashes that took place in the capital Tripoli last night, after great effort to maintain some circuits by the company in order to stabilize the power network," the company said in a statement.

The company warned against complete collapse of the public power network if the violence continues in the city.

Libya's Ministry of Transport's Airport Department announced earlier on Wednesday that Tripoli's M'etiga International Airport was closed due to indiscriminate shelling.

Tripoli recently witnessed violent clashes between government forces and the so-called seventh brigade militia from the nearby city of Tarhuna, some 80 km southeast of Tripoli, killing 78 people and injuring 210 others.

The UN Support Mission in Libya brokered a peace agreement between the fighting parties last week that ended the violence. However, the seventh brigade threatened to break the truce and resume fighting to "eliminate crime and gangs in Tripoli."

The UN-backed government rejected on late Tuesday the threat of the seventh brigade, confirming keenness to maintain security and stability in the capital.

The UN Mission also called on the parties of the peace agreement to "refrain from issuing provocative statements."XINHUA.

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