Daesh kills 38 in northern Libya

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TRIPOLI, Aug 14: The terrorist group Daesh has reportedly killed 38 tribesmen in the northern Libyan city of Sirte.
Those killed were identified as members of the al-Ferjani tribe, according to the Tripoli-based English-language news website Libya Herald, which said the fatalities were caused in the city’s residential district No. 3 on Thursday.
The victims were all fighters from the tribe with the exception of two children and four elderly people.
Fighting between the group and tribesmen in the city had, on the previous day, led to the deaths of two Daesh commanders, a Saudi national identified as Abu Huzaifa Ansari, and an Egyptian, Abu Hammam Masri.
The clashes began on Tuesday following Daesh’s killing of a member of the tribe.
The group has threatened to use chemical gas against Sirte’s citizens unless attacks against it stop and called on the residents of a northern Sirte neighborhood working in the police, the judiciary, and the financial sector to pledge allegiance to the group or face death.
Libya has been gripped by chaos since the 2011 overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Daesh, which has overrun huge swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been taking advantage of the divisions in Libya to secure itself a foothold in the country.

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