These tribal tensions were a creation of Ghaddafi and any peace between the tribes was because of a fear of Ghaddafi. The Meshashiyya were implanted there precisely because they were favoured by Ghaddafi while the Zintanis were always a worry for the regime. That there are reprisals now is not surprising. When the UK colonized Ireland with the Scots it was with the purpose of sewing conflict. It will take time and understanding to unwind this.
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