Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Libyan Fighters Say They've Captured Smuggling Hub of Sabratha

A checkpoint in Sabratha on Sept. 11, 2017.

A checkpoint in Sabratha on Sept. 11, 2017.

Photographer: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

An alliance of Libyan fighters said it took the coastal city of Sabratha after three weeks of deadly clashes with a rival militia, highlighting the increasingly fractured landscape of the North African oil producer.

The alliance, known as the Anti-ISIS Military Operation Room, since mid-September has been battling the Martyr Anas al-Dabashi Brigade in Sabratha, which lies 70 kilometers west of Tripoli and is a major smuggling hub of people and goods. At least 39 people have been killed, while some 3,000 others have fled the area, according to local health officials.