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Libyan strike over shooting deaths

Residents of the Libyan capital have launched a general strike over the 43 people killed when militiamen fired on a march calling for the disbanding of armed groups.

The streets of Tripoli were deserted on Sunday, with the vast majority of the city's businesses and schools closed. Bakeries, pharmacies and petrol stations remained open. Al-Sadat al-Badri, who is head of Tripoli's city council, says the strike is to last three days.

Armed residents set up checkpoints throughout the city to protect their neighbourhoods for fear of renewed violence.

Friday's bloodshed left Tripoli on edge. Four people also died on Saturday in fighting between militias.


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