The fighting in Tripoli continued this week. It still appears as though the Misratan and Islamist brigades fighting under the banner Libya Dawn have the upper hand and are continuing to make gains.

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Tripoli is still the scene of fierce fighting as rival militias continue to battle it out for control. The Misratans and their Islamist allies fighting under the umbrella of Libya Dawn seem to still have the advantage, although the Zintanis are continuing to put up a strong fight.

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New fires are once again raging at the fuel storage depot in Tripoli. Fierce fighting continued in Tripoli as Misratan and allied Islamist brigades operating under the umbrella of Libya Dawn engaged brigades from Zintan. The head of the Justice and Construction Party (JCP), Mohamed Sawan, appeared to sanction the fighting taking place in Tripoli.

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Fighting between Zintani and Misratan forces appears set to continue while in Benghazi Islamist militias joined together to form the Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council and launched a major assault against Special Forces in the city.

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Tripoli continues to be gripped by violence as the battle between Zintani-led brigades and those from Misrata rages on. The area surrounding the Tripoli International Airport (TIA) has become a battle zone, while fighting has been reported in several Tripoli neighbourhoods, as well as in front of the Interior Ministry.

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The long expected showdown between Misratan and Zintani forces in Tripoli appears to have kicked off with control of Tripoli International Airport a key point of contention. The Foreign Ministry remains under siege and bank robberies continue.

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Benghazi women’s rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bughagis was shot and killed in her home. A bomb targeted the Constitutional Drafting Committee for the first time and gunmen stole more than 2 million Euros from banks in Tripoli.

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A plane carrying Constitutional Drafting Assembly members to Kufra was forced to make an emergency landing at a nearby oilfield airstrip on 18 June after the Kufra airport received anonymous threats that the plane would be shot down.

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