UN chief Antonio Guterres pushed on Friday to avoid a military escalation in Libya, meeting commander Khalifa Haftar a day after his troops launched an offensive to take the capital Tripoli.
Eastern Libyan forces will pursue their advance on the capital Tripoli, the head of the eastern parliament in the divided country said on Saturday, despite international calls for a halt in an offensive that risks causing many civilian casualties.
Recent clashes between rival Libyan militias for control of the capital Tripoli have displaced more than 18,000 people, the UN said, and prompted the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to warn on Tuesday that she could investigate and possibly prosecute new offences.
The interior ministry of Libya’s internationally recognised government onThursday accused France directly for the first time of supporting rival strongman Khalifa Haftar whose forces have launched an assault on Tripoli.
With more than 560 people wounded since the fighting started on April 4, the WHO said it was sending more medical supplies and staff to Tripoli.
The UN Security Council will hold urgent closed-door consultations on Wednesday on the crisis in Libya, where fighting has derailed UN-led efforts to prepare for elections.
The exact locations of the strikes were not known, but the roar of airplanes over the city was accompanied by heavy explosions between 11.00pm and midnight.
Air raids by the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) against the capital on Saturday night killed four people and wounded 20 others, Libya’s internationally recognised unity government said.
The United Nations envoy for Libya on Monday warned countries tempted to continue backing eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar that he was no democrat and his political agenda was not supported by most Libyans.