Libya weighs international help after clashes

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The Libyan government said Tuesday it was considering calling for international forces to help re-establish security, after a flare-up of violence in the capital Tripoli, AFP reported.

"The government is looking into the possibility of making an appeal for international forces on the ground to re-establish security and help the government impose its authority," a government spokesman said in a statement.

It also said the forces would help protect civilians and prevent anarchy.

The statement comes after deadly clashes Sunday with armed groups led to the closing of the main international airport in Tripoli, which has come under rocket fire.

At least seven people have been killed at the airport, officials have said.

And 90 percent of the aircraft have been damaged, the statement said, as well as the control tower.

The fighting between liberal and Islamist militias came after a June general election mired by fraud allegations intensified a struggle for power between rival armed groups that has wracked the North African oil producer ever since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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