Negotiations are still underway in Sabha, Libya’s main southern city, where in recent days ther have been armed clashes between the Abu Seif and Tobu tribes. Local sources said that the tribal leaders are trying to resolve the dispute peacefully.
The army intervened in the dispute leading to the negotiations. The two groups have been fighting, apparently, for control of the territory. According to a spokesman for the transitional government intervened yesterday in Tripoli on the Libyan affair, over 50 people were killed in the fighting. The same spokesman reported numerous injuries, the most serious of which were transferred to hospitals in the capital. The troops sent south were also stationed at the border with Chad and Niger.
The facts of Sabha, according to many observers, also conceal an ethnic factor. The Tobu, darker skin, have for years been the subject of discrimination and their leader, Issa Abdul Majid Mansour, speaking yesterday with the international media, announced the reconstitution of ‘Tobu Salvation Front of Libya’, movement already active during the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.