WADI DINAR, Libya — Progovernment militias battled fighters in a former stronghold of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy on Sunday, the fifth straight day of clashes that have killed at least 30 people.
The fighting in Bani Walid, some 190 miles southeast of Tripoli, has overlapped with the anniversary of Khadafy’s capture and killing on Oct. 20, 2011. A year since his death brought an end to Libya’s civil war, Bani Walid is the most significant city in the country to still resist the nation’s new authorities.
A resident said Sunday by telephone that progovernment militias and fighters in the city were clashing on its outskirts. The resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said there were reports of new casualties, but fighting was less intense than a day earlier.
In Tripoli, some two hundred protesters demonstrated in front of the Parliament building to urge the end of the fighting, which they say is harming only civilians. The demonstration was dispersed by a massive show of force when army units pulled up and opened fire above the heads of the crowd with heavy weaponry.