UN reiterates need to deesclate fighting in Libya’s Tripoli

United Nations Mission in Libya – UNSMIL. [Photo: Libyan Express]
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Saturday confirmed its desire to de-escalate the military situation in Libya, as the armed conflict in the capital Tripoli continues between the UN-backed government and the rival east-based forces led by Khalifa Haftar.

“UNSMIL is doing its outmost with all local and foreign actors to avoid military escalation and to ensure protection of civilians from any targeting in addition to taking due care of those who have been forced to leave their homes,” the mission said.

“The mission calls upon all parties to respect the provisions of the International Humanitarian Law which prohibits targeting civilians and health facilities, and reminds them of the consequences of any violation,” UNSMIL added.

Government of National Accord warned Saturday, against a new military escalation by the army in Tripoli, calling on the UN mission and the international community to “assume their responsibilities regarding the intentions of the aggressor militias to target civilians.”

Haftar has been leading a military campaign since April 04 to take over the capital Tripoli from the government.

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