UNSMIL hosted a meeting yesterday at its Tripoli headquarters between the Presidency Council and Government of National Accord’s Minister of Interior (MoI), Fathi Bashagha, and his Ministry’s top ranking echelon, and representatives of the diplomatic corps in Libya.
Two days of clashes between rival militias near Libya’s capital, Tripoli, have left 10 people dead and 41 wounded, the health ministry said on Thursday.
The Tripoli Protection Force said in a statement on Thursday that it no longer obeys the orders of the Presidential Council and will do so only if the decisions are taken unanimously by all members.
The senior leader at the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade Atif Bergig said lack of real settlement and compromise for the previous clashes in Tripoli in August 2018 sparked a new war and violated the ceasefire.
A new round of clashes between rival militias in Libya’s capital left at least five people dead, the country’s health ministry said, without specifying whether the casualties were civilians or fighters.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has today strongly condemned the recent military mobilisation of militias in southern Tripoli.
Easy calm is reported in the southern parts of the Libyan capital Tripoli and around the Tripoli International Airport area after three months of violent clashes that ended with a ceasefire brokered by the UNSMIL.
Eastern forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar have launched a military operation in southern Libya to secure oil and gas facilities and fight extremists, a spokesman said on Tuesday, a move that may alarm the authorities in Tripoli in the west, Reuters reports.
2018 has been another rough year for Libya, which has seen no peace since its government was destroyed by NATO bombardment in 2011.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the Libyan government to bring all prisons under its control and free from the grip of militias, some of whom run migrant-smuggling networks.