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Fire Rages In Libya

Smoke billows from an oil depot, July 28, 2014, where a huge blaze started following clashes around Tripoli airport, in southern Tripoli. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke billows from an oil depot, July 28, 2014, where a huge blaze started following clashes around Tripoli airport, in southern Tripoli. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

Libya’s government is asking for international help to fight a fire that is burning near the airport in the capital city of Tripoli. Several oil tankers are ablaze after rocket strikes.

Rival militias are fighting in Tripoli, and also in Benghazi. The death toll in recent days is more than 90. Because of the violence, the U.S. evacuated its embassy in Tripoli over the weekend.

The BBC’s Libya correspondent Rana Jawad joins Here & Now’s Robin Young from Tripoli with the latest.

Guest

  • Rana Jawad, Libya correspondent for the BBC, since 2004. She tweets @Rana_J01.

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