Rebel splits resurface

One of eastern Libya’s most powerful tribes has said it is prepared to detain and try senior rebel leaders it believes were behind the murder of the opposition’s top military commander.

Abdel Fatah Younis was assassinated on July 28 after being summoned to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi for questioning.

Members of his Obeidi tribe are unhappy at the way the rebel’s National Transitional Council (NTC) has investigated his murder, amid allegations that senior opposition figures ordered the killing.

The spectre of splits and tribal tension has haunted the six-month old rebellion and could now damage attempts to unite the country.

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