27 killed, 235 wounded in clashes between militias and armed residents in Tripoli .

6780Libyan Prime Minister has demanded all armed militias “without exception” leave Tripoli after militiamen opened fire on peaceful protesters in the capital killing at least 27 people and wounding 235.

“The existence of weapons outside the army and police is dangerous,” Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said in a speech delivered shortly after the clashes. “All armed militias need to leave Tripoli, without exception.”

The death toll was reported by Reuters citing PM Ali Zeidan. However, Al Arabiya reports different figures, stating that at least 31 people were killed and 285 others wounded.

Libyan Defense Minister Abdullah Al-Thani cut short his visit to Jordan and is returning to his home country, LANA reported.

The Misrata militia reportedly opened fire with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades at protesters as they approached its headquarters in the Gharghour district.

Thousands of protesters gathered in the Libyan capital, calling to intensify the security presence and end the militias’ rule established in 2011, after the uprising that ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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