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Rivals in Tripoli ceasefire

Tripoli, July 30 (Reuters): Rival militias fighting for control of Tripoli airport agreed today to a temporary ceasefire to allow firefighters to try to control a huge blaze at a fuel depot hit by a rocket.

After a fortnight of the worst fighting since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, most western governments have followed the US and UN pulling their diplomats out of the North African country.

The French government said it had temporarily closed its embassy today, and evacuated 30 French nationals from Tripoli.

Except for sporadic shelling away from the ceasefire zone around the fire near the capital's international airport, Wednesday was the quietest day in the capital Tripoli for two weeks, with less smoke seen from the blaze.

 
 
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