A Libyan man drives a jet ski off the beach in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi on August 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH DOMA
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A U.N. delegation held talks in Tripoli on Friday to try to broker a cease-fire between armed factions that have turned the Libyan capital and Benghazi into battlegrounds in the worst fighting since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi.Most Western governments followed the U.S. and the U.N. in evacuating diplomats and shutting embassies after three weeks of militia fighting over Tripoli airport that have killed more than 200 people.Against them are brigades from the western port of Misrata, who are allied with Islamist political forces and other militias, and who say they are fighting to clear out the remnants of Gadhafi's army.Zintani forces, who control the airport, have said they are ready for a cease-fire, but Misrata forces – including the Libya Shield brigades, which are attacking the airport – say they will not accept any agreement until the Zintani forces leave Tripoli.With political factions siding with rival armed brigades, militia fighters often stormed the General National Congress to exert military pressure in favor of their political patrons, leaving the country's transition in tatters.
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