400 prisoners escape prison in Libya

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About 400 prisoners escaped from a prison in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday after fighting between rival armed groups had escalated, Reuters cited a Libyan judicial source as saying.

Meanwhile, the United Nations called on the fighting factions to meet on Tuesday, the news agency added.

The judiciary official added that the prisoners forcefully opened the gates of Ain Zara prison and that the prison guards could not stop them.

Local Libyan media outlets had reported on Sunday morning that an armed group broke into the prison and freed its inmates, including members of the ousted regime of Moammar Qaddafi.