Battles raged on several fronts in Libya on Friday after a night of heavy bombardment in Tripoli, combatants and residents said, despite the threat continued fighting poses to efforts to stop the coronavirus pandemic.
Libya continues nationwide anti Coronavirus measures as its first case remains stable – in the shadow of war and an oil stoppage
Visible efforts, making good optics, continue across Libya in an effort to mitigate against the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) – in light of the country announcing its first, and so far, only case on Tuesday night.
Libya has registered first Coronavirus case for a man coming back from Saudi Arabia, according to the National Center for Disease Control.
Both the warring factions in Libya have imposed lockdowns to guard against the coronavirus but fighting is still going on, compounding difficulties the country faces in preparing to combat the disease.
Tripoli fighting continues in total disregard for agreed ‘‘humanitarian pause’’ to fight Covid19: UNSMIL strongly condemns violations
Fighting around Tripoli has continued over the last few days in total disregard for the ‘‘humanitarian pause’’ agreed by both combatants as UNSMIL today strongly condemns the violations.
Libya’s UN-recognised government has become the latest administration to impose a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj has said that daily attacks on civilian neighborhoods in Tripoli haven’t stopped, adding that several people, including children, have lost their lives in those violations at a time his government is trying to avoid a Coronavirus outbreak.
The Secretary General General the UN Antonio Guterres on Saturday welcomed positive responses from Libya’s warring parties to calls for a humanitarian pause in fighting to allow authorities to respond to the public health challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has said the influx of foreign mercenaries to fight alongside rival factions risks exposing the war-ravaged country to the coronavirus, according to the Financial Times.
The parallel government controlling eastern Libya will impose a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., excluding security and emergency personnel, to stop any spread of the coronavirus, its interior ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.