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Fighting erupts in Zawia city in western Libya

Heavy clashes broke out between two armed groups in the western city of Zawia on Saturday night and continued until the morning of Sunday.

Local sources reported that Khadrawi brigade exchanged heavy fire with its rival Hanish armed group in Omer Mukhtar and Jamal Abdul-Nasir streets in downtown leaving some people dead and others wounded.

The clashes erupted after two Hanish fighters were killed outside a café. There are reports that commander of Hanish brigade, Ibrahim, was killed in the clashes.

Zawia Hospital has evacuated all patients for their safety.

The Libyan Red Crescent warned local residents near the clashes zone to stay at home and keep away from windows while it tries to find a safe corridor for them.

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